A note to basketball players everywhere: Believe your eyes, not your ears, especially when you're on the visiting team. Columbia University's basketball team learned this the hard way when Michigan State fans gave their team an edge by chanting a phony countdown several seconds after the actual shot clock. The stunt led the Columbia Lions to believe they had more time than they actually had, forcing them into a shot-clock violation.

Sadly, the fans were able to do it again just a little after the first time, mistiming the countdown chant a second time and leading to another shot-clock violation. The prank helped the Michigan State Spartans win the game 62-53. The Spartans only had a two-point lead before the first violation.

"They're the best-coached fans I've ever seen," Columbia coach Kyle Smith told M Live. "They duped us. They duped us on the backwards count or whatever.

"I think my one guy had a brain freeze because he was right in front of me, and there was like four (seconds) on the clock, and I'm like, 'Take a look.'"


Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said of the fans, "[They were] a lot more aggressive than the players on the floor, so I thought they did a hell of a job tonight," Izzo said.

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