Weekend wake up: Balanced scoring beyond the arc

Posted by Laura Keeley on February 7, 2014 

Rasheed Sulaimon is one of several 3-point threats for Duke


Earlier this week, Duke took over the top of Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency list, averaging 128.6 points per 100 possessions against an average Division-I offense (or, if you prefer to think of it this way, the Blue Devils would average 1.286 points per possession against the average D-I defense).

Duke shoots well, especially from 3-point range. The Blue Devils’ 41.6 shooting percentage from 3-point range ranks fourth nationally, behind just Creighton (which slipped to No. 2 in adjusted offensive efficiency rankings) Rider and Utah State.

The Blue Devils’s 3-point production is fairly balanced— Andre Dawkins, who has made a team-high 55 3s, accounts for 24.9 percent of Duke’s total made 3s. For comparison’s sake, North Carolina’s Marcus Paige accounts for 57.6 percent of the Tar Heels’ made 3s and Syracuse’s Trevor Cooney accounts for 57.1 percent of the Orange’s 3s.

Here’s a look at the rest of the Blue Devils, listed in order of most makes (note the attempts and shooting percentages):

Andre Dawkins, 55-of-115, .478

Rodney Hood, 48-of-107, .449

Quinn Cook, 38-of-115, .330

Jabari Parker, 29-of-78, .372

Rasheed Sulaimon, 25-of-51, .490

Tyler Thornton, 18-of-34, .529

Matt Jones, 3-of-18, .167

Quinn Cook is struggling to hit from 3-point range, going 10-for-35 (28.6 percent) over the last seven games, dating back to Jan. 13. On Tuesday, he seemed determined to shoot his way out of his slump—all six of his attempts from the field came from behind the arc (two went in).

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