The threshold set by Arkansas coach Stan Heath is 80 percent. His players must convert eight out of every 10 free throws they take in practice. Or else, they run. And he bragged that they recently hadn't been running much.
Maybe the same rule should apply for games, though. Arkansas nearly let Division II California (Pa.) back into its 75-68 exhibition victory Monday night because of brutal second-half free throw shooting.
Heath tried to explain the poor showing as an anomaly, the result of an uncharacteristic drop in energy.
"The thing that you learn as a coach is that when guys aren't as intense as they should be and aren't as focused as they need to be, it shows up on the free throw line," Heath said.
Junior point guard Gary Ervin tried to shoulder some of the blame.
He missed the first two of 13 Arkansas' free throw attempts in the final 20 minutes.
"I think a lot of it had to have been my fault," Ervin said. "After I missed those first couple everybody starting missing. I take pride in being a leader, and everything starts with me."
The statistics didn't reveal Ervin, who made 5 of 9 free throws, to be the only Razorback at fault.
Charles Thomas missed four. Patrick Beverley was off on both of his tries. Sonny Weems misfired on two, and Steven Hill, Stefan Welsh and Sean McCurdy each hit just 1 of 2.
Heath wasn't too worried about the second-half free throw woes. He said his team would continue to conduct free throw practice under "pressure situations."
That likely alludes to more threats of extra conditioning.
"I really can't explain what happened in the second half," Thomas said. "Maybe we need to run more in practice so that we can make more of them in games. I think it probably just had a lot to do with our overall attitude on the floor.
"It definitely needs to get more consistent."
Poor Free Throw Shooting Nearly Dooms Hogs
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
Scout On the Road: SeptemberScout takes a look at some of the top prospects we saw in person during the month of September...
Scout FootballYesterday at 2:00 PM
Longhorns Preview Oklahoma StateTexas offensive players discuss the Longhorns' upcoming game at Oklahoma State to kickoff Big 12 Conference play.
Horns DigestMonday at 6:21 PM
Louisiana CB 'Real Close' to a DecisionIt may not be too long before one of the top cornerbacks in Louisiana makes his decision. Four schools are high on his list and you can get the latest here...
Scout FootballMonday at 6:15 AM
JC defensive back talks ISU official visitOver the weekend, Iowa State played host to one of their top 2017 targets in the current recruiting cycle in Paramount, CA three-star JUCO CB Keisean Nixon. This visit for the…
AllCyclonesSunday at 6:34 PM