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07:59 AM ET 02.27 | My, how times have changed. There are exactly 15 Division I players averaging 20 or more points. Only two are from the Big Six conferences -- Erick Green (Virginia Tech) and Bryce Cotton (Providence). Exactly three teams ( Northwestern State, Indiana and Iona) average 80 points. Whatever happened to the great scorers like Pete Maravich, Lionel Simmons and Hersey Hawkins? ... In the 27th season of the three-point shot, scoring is on pace to be the lowest since the 1982-83 season or, possibly, even the 1951-52 season, field-goal percentage the lowest since 1964-65 and three-point percentage the lowest ever. Teams are averaging slightly less than 68 points per game this season.

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February 27, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Going the way of the NBA. There was some speculation a few years ago why the NBA FG% and FT% was down so much. I think it's the same reason. These guys aren't mature enough to work on the basics like getting the ball to the open guy, learning and practicing making free throws, just maturing physically.

Nowadays it's just run down the floor and jam it on the fast break.

February 27, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Whatever happened to the great scorers like Pete Maravich and Hersey Hawkins?

Stoopid question. Hawkins and Maravich stayed 4 years at their universities and became great. Today's best scorers bolt to the NBA before they have a chance to become truly great.

Grabbing the money ... going for all the gusto ... reaching for the brass ring as fast as you can ... squelches the opportunity for greatness.

February 27, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Me and Joe saying the same things.

End of thread.

February 27, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Me and Joe saying the same things.End of thread.

BOOM.

February 27, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Me and Joe saying the same things.End of thread.

I tried watching a couple of games this year. Couldn't make it past 10 minutes.

I know Dunbar, SOC or Kimball from a decade ago could have beaten any of the top 10 teams I saw.

February 27, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I tried watching a couple of games this year. Couldn't make it past 10 minutes.I know Dunbar, SOC or Kimball from a decade ago could have beaten any of the top 10 teams I saw.

You want to see bad? Watch an Alabama game. They have talent. Thay have signed highly regard recruits, maybe not the very top recruits, but we've managed to keep the "Mr. Alabama Basketballs" in state the last 2-3 years, but Alabama's team is just bad right now. It's like watching someone get their teeth pulled. Air balls left and right, numerous 3 pointers that are nowhere near being made, bad ball handling.

Robert Horry attended last night's game where a bad Bama team beat up on a very, very bad auburn team. I sat there thinking, Robert Horry could make that team right now at age 42 and looks somewhat out of shape and be the star on it, easily.

February 27, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I tried watching a couple of games this year. Couldn't make it past 10 minutes.I know Dunbar, SOC or Kimball from a decade ago could have beaten any of the top 10 teams I saw.

DeSoto and South Grand Prairie this year...but they've had some close calls in the playoffs I believe.

February 27, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You want to see bad? Watch an Alabama game. They have talent. Thay have signed highly regard recruits, maybe not the very top recruits, but we've managed to keep the "Mr. Alabama Basketballs" in state the last 2-3 years, but Alabama's team is just bad right now. It's like watching someone get their teeth pulled. Air balls left and right, numerous 3 pointers that are nowhere near being made, bad ball handling.Robert Horry attended last night's game where a bad Bama team beat up on a very, very bad auburn team. I sat there thinking, Robert Horry could make that team right now at age 42 and looks somewhat out of shape and be the star on it, easily.

Its across-the-board bad. There are times NOBODY looks as bad as UTx.

I know most blame the one-and-done rule, but I'm beginning to think its the control of the AAU coaches and handlers. The players listen to them more than college coaches, and base they play on who will get paid or is already getting paid.

Maybe I should blame WW Wes, who's actually pulling all the strings from Jr HS thru NBA...

February 27, 2013  11:30 AM ET

Too much 1on 1. I knew a HS Coach that told his players that the only head to head competition he wanted to see his players involved in was 21. He said it may be dull and boring but being able to make free throws will have a player on the playing floor at the end of games.

 
February 27, 2013  12:36 PM ET

Think maybe teams are starting to emphasize defense a little more?

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