Arizona's Steve Kerr scored three-point goals in an NCAA single-season record 38-consecu-
tive games in 1987-88.
game, which brings the percentage down,"
he said. "Other than that, the percentage
would be in the 40s."
Rules committee secretary-editor Ed
Steitz of Springfield College said the three-
pointer is working.
"With the percentage dropping as it has,
it's hard to justify moving the line back,"
Steitz said. "I want to see what the shooting
percentage is at the end of this season."
A few three-point records have already
fallen this season, with Kentucky the prime
record-breaker. Coach Rick Pitino's trademark is an affinity for the three.
Through mid-January, Kentucky had
made the most threes in a game, 21 in 48
attempts against North Carolina on December 27. The two teams combined to sink 31
threes, also a record.
Kentucky had the highest number of different players to score a three-pointer in a
game, eight, against Furman, December
The Wildcats also attempted a record 53
three-pointers against Southwestern Louisiana on December 23. The two teams combined to attempt 84 in the mad-bombing
contest to break the old record by a whopping 29 attempts.
Also at press time, Dave Jamerson of
Ohio held the single-game record with 14
threes in 17 attempts in a December 21
game against Charleston, breaking the previous record of 12 set by Darrin Fitzgerald
of Butler and Gary Bossart of Niagara in
Fitzgerald still holds season records for
threes made (158) and attempted (362) in a
season, set in 1986-87.
Dana Barros set career records for threes
made (291) and attempted (674) from 1987
through 1989 at Boston College.
During the 1987-88 season, Steve Kerr of
Arizona set a record by making at least one
three-pointer in 38-consecutive games.
From December 1986, through March
1989, Wally Lancaster of Virginia Tech hit
a three-pointer in 73-consecutive games for
the career record.
Those records are sure to fall as more
coaches who did not like the three-pointer
at first, such as Villanova's Rollie Massimino and Hofstra's Butch van Breda
Kolff, use it more often.
"Instead of getting a defensive player and
teaching him how to shoot, now you go after the shooter and teach him defense," van
Breda Kolff said. "Originally, the shot was
to clean up the inside game and make the
"Now it's time to move it out. We might
as well make it the international distance.
I'd like to see the wider international lane,
Larry Brown, coach of the San Antonio
Spurs and coach of Kansas during its 1988
NCAA championship season, also favors
the international line.
"I don't like the three-pointer; it ruins
the game," he said. "In the NBA it's too
long and in college it's too short. If we're
trying to win the Olympics and international competitions, we should make it uniform."
"It makes the game so darn
exciting. The games are never
over. I think it will move to the
international distance, but by
that time, kids will be so used to
shooting threes it won't be a
UCLA's Harrick agrees with Brown.
"In the pros, they're making a heckuva
shot when they hit from 23-9," he said.
"But you're asking college kids to make the
same shot they were making in high
Harrick is also displeased with the trend
toward high scoring, run-and-gun games,
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