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Switch to one-handed free throws has paid off for American's Tony Wroblicky

When American University upset Boston University in the Patriot League title game last Wednesday, it didn't just secure a spot in the NCAA tournament for the Eagles for the first time in five years.

It also ensured the nation would get a chance to watch one of the most unique free throw shooters in college basketball.

Six-foot-10 Tony Wroblicky, American's starting center, shoots his free throws one-handed, cradling the ball in his shooting hand, bringing it above his head and releasing it with his guide hand dangling idly by his side. The unusual technique looks herky-jerky but has helped Wroblicky raise his free throw percentage from 52.2 percent last season to 72 percent this season. 

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First-year American coach Mike Brennan encouraged Wroblicky to overhaul his free throw stroke this past offseason and suggested the big man start one-handed to try to make his motion more fluid. The results were mixed at first — Wroblicky went 3 of 9 from the foul line including two air balls during American's second game of the season — but the change proved worthwhile more recently.

"The more free throws you shoot in a game the more comfortable you're going to be with it," Wroblicky told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on Wedneday. "It was just a matter of time.

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Wroblicky showed off his form to a national audience Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee. He sank 5 of 6 foul shots in 15th-seeded American's opening-round matchup with second-seeded Wisconsin.

Unfortunately for American, that was the extent of the team's highlights as Wisconsin won in a 75-35 rout. 

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

 

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