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Oregon State free-throw shooter no match for nearly naked Michael Phelps

Let's say you're at Arizona State's Wells Fargo Arena for a men's basketball game. You're asked to step behind a curtain and consider something: What would you do if you had a few seconds to distract someone from that most basic of skills, the free throw?

If you're a college student, and your prefontal cortex isn't what it will be at age 25, you might recreate a Hail Mary pass or look like a zombie or pretend to be synchronized swimmers (minus the water, of course).

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If you're Michael Phelps, in Tempe to train for the Summer Olympics, you use what you have at your disposal: a lot of Olympic gold medals and stomach muscles.

The Sun Devils' "Curtain of Distraction" last season was found to correlate to a 5 percent rise in missed free throws by opponents in each half it was deployed, or about one to two points per game lost.

Phelps' unwitting victim, Oregon State's Stephen Thompson Jr., is a 67.7 percent free-throw shooter. More times than not, he would have made at least one from the line. Did Phelps' near-naked body and abundant bling affect Thompson?

You'll have to ask him. He probably won't want to remember.

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