When two friends approached Steve Johnson at the gym Sunday and told him a player at Missouri was on pace to break his 31-year-old single-season field goal percentage record, the former Oregon State star admits he was stunned.
For years, Johnson believed his 74.6 percent shooting from his senior season was almost unmatchable in today's college basketball. Then he went home, scoured the internet and learned that 6-foot-8 Missouri senior Ricardo Ratliffe is shooting a blistering 77.2 percent this season.
"Honestly, I didn't think anybody would break it," Johnson said. "I thought the two ingredients it would take was a good low-post player focused on getting high-percentage shots and a very good passing team. That's a hard combination to find."
Ratliffe will need to sustain his current pace for the next six weeks to take Johnson's place in the Division I record books, but his efficiency has been incredible for a player averaging 14.6 points per game. Besides Ratliffe and reserve Stephe...