Penn State is 1-5 in games lost by <4 points or in overtime. In several of those, a discrepancy at the 3-point line killed the Lions, the most recent of which was the 74-70 overtime loss to Purdue in which the deadeye Boilermakers hit 12 threes (to PSU’s 2) including a pair of daggers late by sophomore wing guard Ryan Cline.
In the B1G, we’re 2-5 in those kinds of games.
PSU 3PT% (Discrepancy) FT%
@ Michigan 69-72 42.1% (+6 pts) 68.4%
Minnesota 52-50 14.3% (Even) 80%
Indiana 75-78 40% (-3 pts) 67.7%
Illinois 7167 50% (+3 pts) 71.4%
@ Indiana 102-110 (3OT) 34.4% (-3 pts) 58.6%
Rutgers 68-70 47.4% (+6 pts) 81%
Purdue 70-74 (OT) 11.1% (-30 pts) 71.4%
The only two games with disastrous 3-point shooting were Minnesota (W) and Purdue (L in OT).
The only game with a killer discrepancy was the last - and it was a doozy! -30 in an OT loss to Purdue.
Would better three-point shooting have helped? Of course! Was there a discrepancy in the sense that the other team shot them better? Once!
But you could make a stronger argument in three of the other losses (Michigan, two IUs) that free throw shooting is what has really hurt us.
Just say no to eyeballs.
Correction: Less than four tosses out the Illinois game. So 1-5 in those games, like @djones said.