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Arizona Wildcats’ free throw shooting in NCAA tourney unmatched by other UA teams

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T.J. McConnell made all 14 of his free-throw attempts in the four NCAA tournament games (Pac-12 Networks screen shot)
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ARIZONA’S NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE THROW RECORDS

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Three of Arizona’s top 10 free-throw shooting percentages in the NCAA tournament occurred this year, an unmatched feat in the program’s postseason history.

The Wildcats made 28 of 30 attempts from the line in yesterday’s 85-78 loss to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The conversions and attempts were the most by an Arizona team when factoring the school’s top percentages in its NCAA tournament history.

The percentage was 93.3, topped only by 17-of-18 (94.4 percent) performances in a win over Butler in 2001 and a loss to Purdue in 2007 (the last game coached by Lute Olson).

Arizona’s other top 10 free-throw percentages in this year’s tournament included 89.5 against Xavier on Thursday in the Sweet 16 and 88.9 against Texas Southern in the Round of 64 game. The Wildcats also made 83.3 percent (20 of 24) in their 73-58 win over Ohio State in the Round of 32 game.

That means in their four games in the NCAA tournament Arizona made 89 of its 100 free-throw attempts. As history suggests, we may never see that kind of shooting exhibition from the line in the postseason for many years to come, if at all.

T.J. McConnell (14 of 14) and Stanley Johnson (8 of 8) did not miss from the line in the NCAA tournament. Here is how each player who attempted a free throw fared:

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