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Note to Monmouth: Extend your defense

Posted on: November 20, 2008 2:25 pm

One more interesting note on Jimmy Baron: Mike Laprey, Rhode Island's assistant athletic director for sports communications, tackled a nice project this summer when he went back and watched every Rams game from last season and charted how many 3-pointers Baron took from the so-called new 3-point line.

What did he find?

Laprey found that 123 of Baron's 244 3-point attempts last season came from beyond 20 feet, nine inches -- otherwise known as the new 3-point line that was installed before this season. Also worth noting is that Baron made 55 of those 123 (44.8 percent), meaning he actually made a higher percentage from farther away considering he shot 40.6 percent overall from 3-point range.

And yes, I believe there is an explanation.

It makes sense to conclude that cleaner looks come from deeper, right? If so, then a great shooter with unlimited range (like Baron) should always make more attempts from a deeper distance because those attempts offer the best looks, whereas shots right on top of the 3-point line (old or new) are typically the ones that are contested.

So that's one lesson.

Another is that it would be wise to guard Baron well beyond the 3-point line.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Aug 19, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2008 5:19 pm

Note to Monmouth: Extend your defense

Interesting, the crazy thing about Baron's threes on Sunday is that they were not only very deep, but also contested by Duke defenders.

And, on an unrelated side note, why in the hell does CBSSportsline have a countdown to Duke/UNC on the NCAA Hoops section of this site? Can't you do something about that? We don't want you turning into ESPN...

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