Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 1/23/13
Big guys and free throws seems to be a match made in hell, and not just in the NBA. The number 5 ranked Louisville Cardinals lost to the un-ranked Villanova last night 73-64. The biggest disparity between the Cardinals winning and losing was their free throw percentage. They shot 50% from the line going 12 of 24, while the Villanova shot 75% from the line. Rick Pitino blamed their lost on poor free throwing shooting, and went on to compare his team to Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal. “It was really a simple answer to why we lost,” Pitino said. “Basically we were Dwight Howard or Shaquille O’Neal. We came down we had a six-point lead and it could have been eight. Could have kept coming down and extending it but our free throws were a turnover. Very simple answer for why we lost. Our foul shooting was despicable.” I’m sure Laker fans aren’t happy with the comparison, but the numbers don’t lie. Dwight Howard is shooting 50% from the line with a career average of 58%. Former Laker ce...
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