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Watch former Wichita State guard Joe Ragland make a game-winning triplazo in Supercoppa

Joe Ragland made a Wichita State-record 50.4 percent of his three-pointers in 2011-12, helping the Shockers to the NCAA Tournament.
Joe Ragland made a Wichita State-record 50.4 percent of his three-pointers in 2011-12, helping the Shockers to the NCAA Tournament. The Wichita Eagle

Former Wichita State guard Joe Ragland made a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer for Sidigas Avellino on Saturday. The win puts Sidigas Avellino into the final of the Macron Supercoppa tournament on Sunday in Italy.

Ragland is described in a translation of one account as his team’s “most plugged man.”

There is a longer video of the shot and celebration here.

▪  UPDATE: Sidigas Avellino lost Sunday’s Supercoppa final to Emporio Armani 90-72. Ragland scored 18 points.

I never tire of pointing out that Ragland executed one of the greatest offensive seasons in Wichita State history as a senior (2011-12). He made 56.8 percent of his shots and a WSU-record 50.4 percent (59-117) of his three-pointers to average 13.4 points.

Since it happened in the old days before we expected the Shockers to go to the Sweet 16, that performance is easy to overlook.

It is perhaps best offensive performance of recent vintage, especially if fancy advanced stats are your thing.

According to Ken Pomeroy’s stats, Ragland ranked first nationally that season in true shooting percentage (70.4), third in effective field-goal percentage (68) and ninth in offensive rating (127.8). (True shooting considers twos, threes and foul shots. Effective field goal percentage considers that threes are worth more than twos. Offensive rating combines shooting, ball-handling and rebounding into a measure of a player’s efficiency at scoring).

Since 2002 (as far as Pomeroy’s site documents), three other Shockers rank in the top 100 for true shooting percentage — Jamar Howard at No. 18 (2004), Sean Ogirri at No. 82 (2006) and Clevin Hannah at No. 56 (2010).

In effective field goal percentage, Howard at No. 97 (2004) is the only Shocker in the top 100.

The one season that challenges Ragland in 2012 is Fred VanVleet in 2014. VanVleet ranked No. 14 in offensive rating at 130.3. While his shooting numbers were good, not great, his excellent assist rate boosted his offensive rating.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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