Ranking the 10 Most Dangerous Shooting Teams in College Basketball
One of the most important factors in playing winning basketball is simply being able to shoot the ball.
Fellow Bleacher Report columnist C.J. Moore asked the question earlier this week, "Why is Scoring Down in College Basketball?"
He reported that across the college hoops landscape, three-point and two-point shooting percentages are both at record lows.
While it's true that scoring is down, there are still some great teams that can fill it up.
Because they can shoot the rock, they are some of the most successful programs in the country.
Here are the 10 most dangerous shooting teams in college basketball.
Stats and team information are provided by ESPN.com.
10. Belmont Bruins
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Top Gun: Ian Clark (54.3 FG; 46.2 Three-Pt; 82.6 FT)
Weapons of Choice: While the Bruins can shoot it from both inside and beyond the arc, they excel at working the ball and getting good mid-range and inside shots.
Belmont is the No. 4 overall shooting team, knocking down 49.6 percent of its field goals and 56.1 percent of its two-point field goals.
9. Florida Gators
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Top Gun: Erik Murphy (53.4 FG; 46.5 Three-Pt; 81.6 FT)
Weapons of Choice: While the Gators have been one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams over the last few seasons, they are finding great success in 2012-13 inside the arc. They are shooting 56.1 percent on their two-point attempts.
Cool Stat: Sharpshooter reserve Michael Frazier takes 80 percent of his shots from downtown. The 6’4" freshman knocks down 48.9 percent of his threes.
8. Kansas Jayhawks
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Top Gun: Ben McLemore (50.2 FG; 42.5 Three-pt; 86.8 FT)
Weapons of Choice: Few teams share KU’s balanced shooting numbers. Four of the five Jayhawks starters shoot at least 50 percent from the floor.
As a team, Kansas hits 52.2 percent inside the arc.
Cool Stat: Senior wing Travis Releford has improved his three-point shooting this season to 45.1 percent. He shot 32.5 percent from downtown in 2011-12.
7. Michigan Wolverines
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Top Gun: Nik Stauskas (47.5 FG; 45.9 Three-Pt; 84.8 FT)
Weapons of Choice: Michigan’s three main perimeter players have shot almost exactly the same number of three point shots this season. Stauskas and Trey Burke have both launched 146 shots from behind the arc. Junior wing Tim Hardaway Jr. has put up 144 three-pointers.
Cool Stat: The Wolverines only score 15.5 percent of their points from free throws. They are No. 342 in free throw point percentage.
6. North Carolina State Wolfpack
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Top Gun: Scott Wood (42.4 FG; 42.6 Three-Pt; 90.3 FT)
Weapons of Choice: North Carolina State likes to work the ball inside. It is the No. 5 shooting team in the country (49.5 percent on FGs).
On the other hand, Scott Wood has taken and made more than half of NC State’s threes.
5. Gonzaga Bulldogs
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Top Gun: Kevin Pangos (43.2 FG; 42.5 Three-Pt; 82.2 FT)
Cool Stat: Gonzaga has made the second-most FGs (872) in the nation.
4. Weber State Wildcats
3. Duke Blue Devils
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Top Gun: Ryan Kelly (49.4 FG; 53.1 Three-Pt; 79.7 FTs)
Weapons of Choice: The Blue Devils are the No. 3 ranked three-point shooting team in the country. Their lineup and outlook completely changed when Kelly came back from a foot injury.
Cool Stat: If Kelly had played enough games, he would be the best three-point shooter in the country.
2. Indiana Hoosiers
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Top Gun: Victor Oladipo (63.1 FG; 49.1 Three-Pt; 74.5 FT)
Weapons of Choice: Indiana shoots the ball well and can score in every category. It can pop from outside, slash to the basket or work the ball down low.
Cool Stat: The Hoosiers are the most efficient offensive team in the country, scoring 1.47 points per shot.
1. Creighton Bluejays
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Top Gun: Doug McDermott (56 FG; 48.1 Three-Pt; 86.6 FT)
Weapons of Choice: The Bluejays are the most dangerous shooting team in the country, connecting on 51.1 percent of their field-goal attempts (No. 1 in the nation).
They are the best inside the arc (56.9 percent on two-pointers) and the No. 2 team from beyond the arc (42.2 percent).
Cool Stat: Only one player on the entire Creighton roster shoots less than 41 percent from the field. Wow!