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Morningstar explains awkward free throw

If you watched last night's Texas-Kansas game (the game I'd been looking forward to for months and the game that didn't live up one bit to that hype, which has made me sort of sad for about 12 hours now) you no doubt saw Brady Morningstar's weird technical foul shot. Shooting in place of the fouled-out Cole Aldrich, Morningstar lifted with the ball, attempted to shoot, lost his handle, juggled the ball in his hands, and then caught it quickly and shot it again. That shot didn't go in, and Brent Musberger, Bob Knight, and pretty much everyone else who watched the shot were confused. Um, Brady? What on Earth just happened?

Brady Morningstar has a simple explanation: The ball was wet, guys.

"The ball was wet. It slipped on the way up. I was so confused. I could have caught it and came down with it, but I’d have stepped on the line. I tried to shoot a little jump shot so I didn’t cross the line," Morningstar said.

"I looked pretty stupid there," he added. "We laughed about it in the locker room just now."

Eh, don't stress it, Brady. All in all, avoiding the line and getting the shot up at all constituted a pretty impressive bit of acrobatics, and it's not like the shot mattered anyway. It's amusing, but it's not important. That's what happens when you blow out a slumping Texas team in their own building -- you can screw up your free throws and laugh about it later.

(Hat tip: The Dagger)