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A lot of Wisconsin fans made a lot of silly faces following the win over Michigan on Saturday, and it was beautiful.
There are five photos of the young lady pictured up above in the SB Nation photo editor. In every single one her mouth is agape, just like that. These weren't five photos taken in quick succession by a high-speed shutter. The facial expressions and body positions of the people around her change several times. She is frozen. For all we know, she still looks like that.
I don't want to say a lot, because saying anything about half-court shots is really cliche at this point. I mean really, you have probably seen dozens in your lifetime, and if not, then a quick trip to YouTube can fix that. The scene is always the same. The shooter unloads, everybody stops, you take a breath, the ball goes in and the crowd goes bananas. Ben Brust's shot was basically a palette swap of Evan Turner's buzzer-beater against Michigan in 2010.
What's unique are the faces afterwards. Everything happens so fast that people forget to keep their defenses up. That, or they are too excited to give a damn. Either way, they end up looking silly if the moment happens to be captured on camera. If we understand the context, we share in the moment rather than poke fun, then wonder what the hell we looked like at the swish.
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Wrapping up: Ben Brust and Evan Turner share a moment:
@thekidet safe to say neither of us are welcome in Ann Arbor lol— Ben Brust (@BenBrust) February 10, 2013