Thursday, March 19, 2009

SI: Franklin and Siena one to foul

In the newest addition of Sports Illustrated, there is a NCAA tournament preview and one of the sections focuses on free throw shooting. 

Siena and junior forward Alex Franklin are listed negatively as one of the teams that will struggle down the stretch and Franklin as a player to go after in a close game. 

As a team, Siena shoots 66.2 percent (484-731), which is shown in the SI as the ninth worst team in the field of 65. 

Franklin shoots 61.2 percent (126-206) and is on a list of 10 players who you should foul at the end of the game. 

"I shoot a lot of free throws by myself to get the repetition down," said Franklin before the team left for Dayton, Ohio where they will take on Ohio State on Friday. "I think we're going to be all right. Especially in games like this, in tournament situations, free throws are going to be key, so I'm going to do my job, what I can do and I know the rest of the team is going to do the same thing."

By no way is Franklin anywhere near the top guy on the list. Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku is 30 percent (36-120) shooter.

Siena's foul shooting has been an issue all season, but it really hasn't cost them any games, except maybe the Wichita State or Oklahoma State games in the Old Spice Classic in November. 

The funny thing is most of the Siena players are pretty good shooters and practice it every day, which is why coach Fran McCaffery said he hasn't been overly concerned about it during the season.  

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