Free Throw Situation Something To Watch In UConn-ND Games

Another meeting with Notre Dame. Another chance to monitor the free attempts made by the Irish.

This is a subject that UConn coach Geno Auriemma likes to make light of from time to time. And the numbers are fascinating.

Notre Dame was 23-of-28 from the free line in Saturday’s 92-57 win at Providence. The Friars were 7-of-11.

The Irish are 497-of-626 from the free throw line in 28 games this season. Opponents are 268-of-370. And over the last six games against UConn, Notre Dame is 98-of-134 from the free throw line. The Huskies are 61-90.

Notre Dame was 17-of-24 in its 73-72 win at Gampel Pavilion Jan.5. UConn was 11-of-14.

“Honestly, when you go into a game if you’re a smart player you kind of get a feel for it first,’’ UConn senior Kelly Faris said. “You play aggressively until the refs kind of stop you type of thing. And if they do then you know how they’re going to call the game. At the same time, you’ve got to be smart enough not to be put in a position where you are going to let the refs kind of have to make that call or not make a call. So it’s more on us to just play our game, but you’ve got to be really smart about it. That’s where we’ve talked about mentally we have to keep growing and growing as a team and as individuals.’’