NORMAN — The Big 12 Conference doesn’t have one team shooting over 50 percent from the field. Kansas leads the league at 48 percent, while Baylor is second at 46.2 percent.
Kansas State (45.6 percent) and Oklahoma have been the best marksmen (44.2 percent) through the first six conference games.
The percentages are not low compared to the rest of the country. There’s only seven Division I teams that have made at least half their shots.
OU coach Lon Kruger believes two factors have slowed the scoring. Better athletes make scoring tougher, but shooting ability isn’t as good as it once was.
“Defenses are getting a lot better. There’s even more focus I think. Players are stronger and quicker and cover more ground. I think teams are better defensively,” he said. “I don’t think shooting is at an all-time high. It’s, perhaps, off a little bit. I don’t know if kids shoot the ball as well from mid-range as they used to.
“I think the combination of the kids being better and kids, maybe, not shooting it quite as well results in fewer points scored.”
The Big 12 shooting-percentage average in conference play has been 41.5 percent, which is less than two percent lower than the league’s teams have averaged throughout the season.