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When is rushing the court OK?
Your college team -- which, for the sake of argument, we'll assume to be a heavy underdog -- has just knocked off a highly ranked opponent in a close-fought contest. Is it time to rush the court? Considering the frequency with which fans pour out of their seats after such a win, it seems like the answer is usually "absolutely, now get out of my way, nerd." Fans in Indiana did just that on Tuesday night after beating No. 3 Wisconsin, although it's not sitting well with everyone:
Ok Indiana University should not storm the court. Rare that schools with their tradition storms.â?? Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) January 15, 2014
To wit: It was just a regular-season game, Indiana is 12-5, and it's not as if this is even close to the biggest win the Hoosiers have ever had. What happens when they achieve one that's actually super-impressive?
I realize Indiana hasn't beaten Bo Ryan since 1926 or so, but still ... Court Storm? Not buying this one.â?? Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 15, 2014
Indiana's going to have to hope that its next recruiting class is a good one, as both Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo will reportedly enter the NBA draft. Oladipo proved to be capable of huge scoring outbursts, while the near-7-foot Zeller was a constant threat near the basket. They're both likely to find their way onto a roster come draft time, although their final draft positions are still up in the air.
Indiana had a party all planned for the aftermath of the Ohio State game Tuesday night, and the Hoosiers weren't about to let a little thing like, uh, losing the game spoil their fun. Sure, they'd clinched a share of the Big Ten championship, and sure, it's pretty awesome to bask in the approval of your hometown fans while cutting down some nets, but still, talk about backing into an accolade.