Darrun Hilliard: Really good outside shooter
To say that a team "settled" for threes is to imply that there is less value or merit in shooting them than their is in shooting twos. Of course, anyone with half a brain should know that this is absolutely not the case.
Let's try an exercise: Out of these two hypothetical teams, which scores more points?
- Team A: Shoots 40 percent from three point range and and takes no two point shots or free throws.
- Team B: Shoots 60% from two point range and takes no three point shots or free throws.
Anyone suggesting that Villanova should have taken more twos in the UConn game didn't pay much attention, since Villanova's three point percentage of 35.5 for the game was higher than both its cumulative field goal percentage of 35.3, and its two point percentage of 35.0. So in other words, Villanova shot better than average from the outside against UConn and absolutely putridly, and if they had taken fewer threes and more twos than they did, it's very likely that the final margin between the two teams would have been greater than 12 points.
Now this is not to say that every player should have license to chuck up threes, in fact, some players should rarely or never take threes. JayVaughn Pinkston and his seasonal three point percentage of 25.8 is a prime example of a player who should not take threes, especially when the fact that he made 55.1 percent of his twos, and that he tends to draw fouls when he goes to the rim are considered.
So no, Villanova did not "settle" for threes.