College basketball fan distracts opponent at free throw line by getting haircut in stands


Basketball fans know the deal.

When an opponent is shooting free throws, you do whatever necessary — within reason — to make a player miss.

A fan at Oakland University took this strategy to a whole new level.

A group of male Golden Grizzlies fans at a game against Cleveland State were shirtless below a basket in the second half.

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One of those fans also had clippers, and one of the guys took one for the team by actually getting a haircut during the game. 

While Cleveland State’s Tevin Smith was at the free throw line down 19 points, the guy pulled out the clippers, and one of the fans got a buzz cut.

Smith made the first shot, but he missed the second.

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The rest of the shirtless men also had buzz cuts. So, who knows if this had been a thing throughout the game? Either way, it was funny to watch.

If it was a distraction strategy throughout the game, it worked pretty well. Oakland players knocked down all 23 of their free throws, while the Vikings went just 8-for-13 (61.5%) at the line.

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Oakland eventually pulled away for an 83-71 victory.



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