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More grabbing than scoring: A hard-to-watch year in college basketball comes to a close


Louisville's Stephan Van Treese (44) vies for a loose ball against Wichita State's Fred Van Vleet (23) as Louisville's Peyton Siva (3) looks on during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (The Associated Press)

Once the nets are down and the confetti stops flying, it will be safe to open your eyes again, basketball fans.

Yes, 2012-13 has been one ugly season.

With physical play on the rise, scoring and shooting have dropped to levels not seen in decades.

A few examples of some of this year's historically bad numbers include:

— Teams averaging 67.49 points, lowest since 1951-52, decades before either the 3-point line or the shot clock were introduced to college basketball.

— Field goal percentage falling to 43.3 percent, lowest since 1964-65.

— Shooting from the 3-point line plummeting to just over 34 percent, the worst it's been since 1996-97.

— And this has been the lowest-scoring NCAA tournament since the 3-point line was put in, at 131.2 points a game.

The season ends Monday night with the national title game between Louisville and Michigan.