College basketball: Don't foul these 8 guys when the game is on the line
Rooting for your favorite team to stop the clock with a foul in the final seconds, grab a rebound and pull off a miracle? Good idea - just don't send one of these eight guys to the line.
Buddy Hield, Sr., G, Oklahoma
The Naismith hopeful boasts a .901 free-throw average in addition to his almost 27 points per game. If you're trying to upset Oklahoma (15-1) in the final seconds, slapping Hield won't help your chances.
Kellen Dunham, Sr., G, Butler
Dunham has definitely been an important ingredient in the No. 23 Bulldogs' run to 12-4, but his field goal percentages don't look super hot. However, his free-throw percentage (.903) is stellar.
Isaiah Miles, Sr., F, St. Joseph's
Miles is a play-maker, posting a .535 field-goal percentage for the Red Hawks. The forward also boasts a .904 free-throw percentage. The Red Hawks' tournament chances are in good hands if Miles is on the line.
Justin Coleman, So., G, Alabama
The 5'10" sophomore's main contribution to the Crimson Tide offense is foul shots. But, what a contribution it is. Coleman shoots .929 from the line, No. 6 in the nation.
Luke Kennard, Fr., G, Duke
The Blue Devils are looking for a repeat after taking home the national title in 2015. That effort could get a late-game boost from Kennard, who owns a .932 percentage from behind the line.
Myles Davis, Jr., G, Xavier
Davis finished his sophomore season with an .872 free-throw percentage, and he's starting his junior campaign with an even more impressive show from behind the line (.935). The No. 7 Musketeers are 15-1 this season.
Je'lon Hornbeak, Jr., G, Monmouth
While Monmouth's bench has stolen the show so far this season, Hornbeak's play in clutch situations may be the real story. The junior guard's main offensive contribution is foul shots, but, when you boast a .949 free-throw percentage, that may be the only contribution you need.
Jontrell Walker, So., G, Incarnate Word
The Cardinals' season hasn't been great so far. However, Walker has posted the best free-throw percentage in the nation. The sophomore's .959 could be just the building block Incarnate Word needs to turn around its season.