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University of Wisconsin men's basketball gets ready for Friday's game in a surprising way

Posted: 8:42 PM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-21 13:09:30Z
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The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team has resorted to extreme measures to prepare for Friday's NCAA Tournament game.

While practicing at the University of Santa Clara, head coach Greg Gard asked forward Ethan Happ to step up to the free throw line. Just before Happ does, Gard lets the team know that of a tradition at Santa Clara: The Barn Door of Distraction.

A contraption just behind the basket that opens up to reveal a "distraction" during games at Santa Clara. The barn doors open to reveal an elderly man dressed as a boxer.

That man turned out to be longtime scorekeeper Otto Puls. The reveal draw a lot of excitement, and of course laughs, from the team.

It is safe to say the team is now prepared for anything.

The Badgers take on the Oregon Ducks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at 3:30 p.m.