FiveThirtyEight wrote an article about Roy Williams recently, and it in it discusses how his team’s do not attempt as many three-point shots compared to the rest of college basketball.
Williams has been around a long time. 30 plus years as a head coach. College basketball has changed quite a lot. Williams has not.
This is a line plot showing how free throw rate and three-point attempt rate has changed since 1987. It doesn’t factor in rule changes, only the raw data via kenpom.com.
Teams attempt three-point shots more often than free throws in today’s game.
Code is below . . .
library(ggplot2) library(ggthemes) library(extrafont) charts.data <- read.csv("kpdata.csv") charts.data <- as.data.frame(charts.data) charts.data$product <- factor(charts.data$product, levels = c("three","free"), labels = c("Three-Point Attempt Rate","Free Throw Rate")) p1 <- ggplot() + theme_economist() + scale_colour_economist() + geom_line(aes(y = rate, x = year, colour = product), size=1.5, data = charts.data, stat="identity") + theme(legend.position="bottom", legend.direction="horizontil", legend.title = element_blank()) + scale_x_continuous(breaks=seq(1988,2020,4)) + labs(x="Year", y="Rate", title = "Median Division-I Three-Point Attempt Rate and Free Throw Rate Since 1987", caption = "Data source: kenpom.com") p1