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Kansas freshman guard Marcus Garrett makes a free throw to break 100 points in an exhibition game against Pittsburg State on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas freshman guard Marcus Garrett makes a free throw to break 100 points in an exhibition game against Pittsburg State on Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

If Kansas basketball games seem to fly by faster this season there is a good reason for that. The games seldom are slowed down by whistles that put Jayhawks at the free-throw line.

Kansas always plays fast and you can't foul what you can't catch, but even by KU's standards, free-throw attempts are way down. KU is shooting more 3-pointers, don't have a low-post threat through whom the offense runs and the guards tend to drive to dish more than to score.

Those are all factors in Kansas ranking 350th in Div. I in percentage of free throws attempted compared to field goals attempted, one of many statistics tracked at kenpom.com, with a ratio of 19.6 percent.

The next-lowest percentage and rank (36.4/178th) came during the national-championship season of 2007-08. The highest ratio (48.3/32nd) happened in 2013-14, when Andrew Wiggins took off for the hoop and drew foul calls as the ball spilled out of bounds.

Lagerald Vick leads this year's team in free-throw attempts with 20 in nine games, an average of 2.2 per game, the lowest for a team leader during the Bill Self era.

Season *FTA/FGA pct.
National rank
KU leader
FTA/
Avg.
2017-18 19.6/350 Lagerald Vick
20/2.2
2016-17 36.0/160 Frank Mason
238/6.6
2015-16 38.6/114 Frank Mason
184/4.8
2014-15 42.6/42 Perry Ellis
163/4.8
2013-14 48.3/32 Andrew Wiggins
227/6.7
2012-13 39.5/80 Jeff Withey
192/5.2
2011-12
39.8/77 Thomas Robinson
239/6.1
2010-11 39.3/124 Marucs Morris
215/5.7
2009-10 41.3/86 Cole Aldrich
159/4.4
2008-09 39.5/85
Sherron Collins
166/4.2
2007-08 36.4/178 Mario Chalmers
130/3.3
2006-07 36.2/172 Julian Wright
119/3.1
2005-06 35.3/193 Russell Robinson
124/3.8
2004-05 38.5/111 Wayne Simien
174/6.7
2003-04 39.4/101 Wayne Simien
206/6.4
*Source: Kenpom.com

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