Carolina beat Michigan 72-51 on December 1, 2021. The game featured 65 total possessions, while Carolina attempted 67 field goals and Michigan attempted 57 field goals.

The officiating crew of Bert Smith, Roger Ayers, and John Gaffney whistled a total of 18 fouls. The two teams combined for a total of nine free throw attempts.

Carolina’s three free throw attempts are the fewest in a single game in its history.

Carolina History: Fewest Free Throw Attempts
Fewest free throw attempts in a single game in Carolina history.
Opponent total
Michigan
December 1, 2021
3
George Mason
March 19, 2006
4
Clemson
March 2, 2004
4
NC State
March 8, 1987
4
Duke
March 3, 2018
5
Virginia Tech
January 22, 2018
5
Wake Forest
January 30, 1983
5
Maryland
January 14, 1986
5
Virginia
Feburary 3, 1982
5
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Free throw rate is measure of free throw attempts divided by field goal attempts.

Carolina’s 4.5 free throw rate is the lowest among the last 655 games or since the start of the 2003-04 season. This single game rate is radically low.

Here is a comparision amongst the last 655 games.

A low possession game (65 total possessions) and big margin of victory (20 plus points) was a recipe for this rate event.

The 18 total fouls are even the fewest among the last 655 games too.

Carolina History: Fewest Combined Free Throw Attempts
Fewest combined free throw attempts over last 655 games or since 2003-04 season.
Opponent Free Throw Attempts Total Fouls
Michigan
2021-22
9 18
Miami
2008-09
10 20
Clemson
2003-04
12 23
UVA
2016-17
15 24
UVA
2015-16
16 20
Virginia Tech
2017-18
17 24
EKU
2006-07
17 21
Florida State
2012-13
18 25
Miami
2012-13
18 22
Long Beach State
2011-12
18 27
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Seven other college games this season have combined for 10 or fewer foul shot attempts. The lowest coming in a lopsided 75-37 win by Bellarmine over Franklin college. Bellarmine didn’t even attempt a single free throw in the game.

Free throw rates across college basketball are down this season using Ken Pomeroy’s data. The 30.4 free throw rate is the lowest season rate in Pomeroy’s data that goes back to 1987.