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Biggest challenge: Free throws
Gordon hasn’t received nearly as much publicity as the other high-profile members of the freshman class, but he may have a better chance than any of them to win a national championship.
On the flip side, he could also end up being the goat.
A freakishly athletic power forward and a high-level defender, Gordon has been absolutely dreadful from the free-throw line, where he’s made just 43.5 percent of his foul shots.
Gordon gets to the line somewhat often (he attempts nearly five free throws a game), so it's conceivable that he could be on the stripe during a crucial moment of a close game at some point during this tournament. “Grab-a-Gordon” may become the defensive strategy against the Wildcats over the next few weeks.
Gordon has to make teams pay.
Something tells me he already takes extra foul shots before and after practice. It clearly hasn’t been enough.
Perhaps he should meditate before games or use a sports psychologist. Maybe he should shoot granny style from this point forward. It certainly can’t get much worse. Not just for Gordon, but for the entire Arizona roster, which ranked last in the Pac-12 in free-throw percentage (65.5). Yikes!