Eager to do whatever they could to aid Seton Hall's bid for an upset against third-ranked Louisville on Wednesday night, seven members of the Pirates men's swim team found a creative way to distract opposing free throw shooters.
They all stood in the first row behind one of the baskets wearing nothing but speedos and running shoes.
Taking the art of free throw distraction to a new level earned the Seton Hall swimmers some airtime on ESPN2 and some puzzled tweets from TV viewers, but it was not enough to propel the Pirates to a huge win. After letting Seton Hall stay within striking distance for the opening 30 minutes, Louisville unleashed a 10-0 run midway through the second half and pulled away for a 73-58 victory.
Did the creativity of the Speedo-clad swimmers have any impact on the Louisville free throw shooters? Oddly enough, it actually seemed to help the Cardinals more than it hurt them.
Louisville, a 70.4 percent free throw shooting team, sank 14 of 15 foul shots when shooting on the basket with the swim team behind it during the second half. Seton Hall, a a 66.1 percent free throw shooting team, was right on its average, making 14 of 21 foul shots in the first half.
Perhaps Seton Hall's women's swim team should join the men behind the basket during its next home game. They may have more luck creating a distraction.
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