And he's not happy about it.
Before Thursday night, Indiana point guard Jordan Hulls had made 56 consecutive free throws, a streak spanning all of this season and portions of 2010-11. His free throw percentage in 2011-12 was -- carry the one -- 100 percent. He was, in a word, perfect.
That streak continued through the first 15 minutes and 15 seconds of Indiana's blowout win against UMBC on Thursday. On his first trip to the line, Hulls knocked down his 57th and 58th consecutive free throws -- nothing new there. But with 4:45 left in the first half, Hulls stepped the line and clanged one off the rim, ending his streak at 58. Hulls was not pleased with the miss, but according to the Tribune-Star, the crowd at Assembly Hall gave the sharpshooting Bloomington native a well-deserved standing ovation just before Hulls knocked down the second of his two attempts. A new streak had begun.
The streak was the longest in Big Ten history, and the 10th longest in NCAA history. (The record of 85 consecutive made free throws was set by Butler's Darnell Archey from 2001-2003.) With that nice little historical footnote added to his career, you'd think Hulls would be OK with the rare miss. It happens, right?
In fact, he was furious:
"That’s terrible," Hulls said after the game. "They’re free for a reason."
Hilarious. I missed a free throw after 58 straight makes! Why can't I do anything right?! Go easy on yourself, Jordan. There is nothing "terrible" about missing your first free throw in 58 attempts. "Amazing" is slightly more fitting.
In any case, there's good news: Hulls started a new free throw streak last night. It currently stands at one. Where it stops, nobody knows.