It was supposed to change the game. That was the point. When the ABA adopted the three ball in the 60s, the stated purpose was to take away some of the advantage of the tall trees by opening up the floor for smaller guys to score and increasing offensive opportunities. It has certainly done both.
have most young kids forbotten what a foul shot is as the percentage made has gone down considerably
Free throw shooting isn’t that bad. It has hovered around 70 percent NCAAwide for decades, before and after the three was introduced. Couldn’t complain much about the foul shooting last night by either team. If not for Cylla laying three bricks, the two teams would have combined to shoot over 90 percent.
And I can’t tell you how many games our “good” free throw shooting teams have lost over the years because we bricked one and ones late. The double bonus was a very good change to stop that procession to the foul line late in games.
We’re shooting 76.3 percent from the line, by the way. That would be the second highest in school history (third place was the 2017 Hogs, BTW), and if Cylla doesn’t brick three last night it would be equal to the school record. Which does not exactly support your belief that free throw shooting has gone to Helena handbasket since the arc was introduced.
Pepperdine is shooting 83% as a team, which would be an NCAA record if maintained.