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Last Five: 67-46 Seton Hall (W), 56-60 Villanova (L), 74-71 Syracuse (W), 72-64 Notre Dame (W), 60-54 Rutgers (W)
I continue to be amazed by Marquette forward Davante Gardner, a burly post presence who manages to combine Big East brawn with incredible touch at the free-throw line. The same man who has attempted just four three-point attempts this season (and missed all four) is converting an insane 85.9 percent of his attempts from the line.
I ran a Basketball-Reference.com Play Index search for players who've taken fewer than 10 three-point attempts this year but also qualify for the free-throw percentage leader board. I then sorted those players by free-throw percentage.
Gardner, not surprisingly, had the highest charity-stripe success rate of the bunch, followed by Villanova's Mouphtaou Yarou at 79.6 percent.
I then opened up the search to every season in the database. Among qualified players, the all-time, post-player free-throw champion is Missouri State's Deven Mitchell. In 2007-2008, Mitchell wen 159-of-178 from the line (89.3 percent) and 2-of-7 from three (28.6 percent). Gardner ranked sixth on the all-time list.
Also, Marquette is awesome and wins lots of games with a super-efficient offense. Bye now!