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Syracuse Basketball: Ron Patterson Ain't Got Nothing on Elvir Ovcina

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That Jim Boeheim allowed Ovcina to attempt 52 three-pointers in a season might be the worst thing he's ever done.

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When it came to three-point shot attempts by the Syracuse Orange(men) basketball team when I was a student there in the late 90's, there were two generally-acceptable reactions.

1. Hands Up, Ready To Cheer

You did this whenever Marius Janulis lined up a three.

2. Scream "NOOOOOOOOOO!"

You did this whenever Elvir Ovcina lined up a three.

SU fans in 2015 might be familiar with that second reaction whenever Ron Patterson decides it might be a good idea to launch a three-ball. Patterson, whose shooting has been so bad he's vowed publicly to stop doing it, has been thoroughly rough from downtown (8-for-48).

But he's not the worst all-time. No, friends, you didn't truly suffer unless you suffered through The Elvir Years.

Patterson needs to take (and miss) just two more 3-pointers to have the worst 3-point shooting percentage for any Syracuse player with at least 50 attempts. In fact, Patterson could make one out of two and still have the worst percentage of any SU player since the 3-point shot was introduced to the college game in 1986-87.

Elvir Ovcina currently holds that dubious distinction. The 6-11 center went 10-for-52 from 3-point range in the 1998-99 season. That's 19.2 percent.

That Jim Boeheim allowed Ovcina to attempt 52 three-pointers in a season might be the worst thing he's ever done. That he allowed Ovcina to attempt 58 three-pointers the following season is tantamount to a war crime against the people of Syracuse.

Check out the full rundown to see who else made the cut as the absolute worst three-point shooters in SU history. Hi, Paul Harris!