Bardo: My top 5 Big Ten long-range shooters

The nonconference season is about to give way to the conference season, and I can’t wait. Conference play, of course, means the competition will stiffen up – a lot – on a nightly basis. Buckets and open looks will be harder to come by. With that in mind, I decided to rank my top five long-range shooters. Based on stats, these are the guys I want taking deep shots for me.

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1. Ben Brust, Wisconsin. (76 att); (2.8 per game); 45 percent

2. Nik Stauskas, Michigan. (52 att); (2.8 per game); 48 percent

3. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana. (71 att); (2.6 per game); 41 percent

4. Lenzelle Smith Jr., Ohio State. (45 att); (2.2 per game); 49 percent

5. Jon Ekey, Illinois. (60 att); (2.3 per game); 42 percent

How did I come up with this list? I looked at players’ 3-point attempts, 3s made per game, and 3-point shooting percentage to calculate the best. So, for example, while Keith Appling leads the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (50 percent), he’s only made 17 treys (1.7 per game), which gives him a much smaller sample size than the guys listed above.

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