Storming the Court in College Basketball Is Out of Control

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IJanuary 29, 2010

ATLANTA - JANUARY 09:  Fans storm the court in celebration after the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 71-67 win over the Duke Blue Devils at Alexander Memorial Coliseum on January 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Storming the court in college basketball has lost almost all of its luster over the last few years.

Never has it ever seemed so evident as this season.

There is a severe problem in college basketball in what constitutes whether or not the rushing of the court after a "big" win is justified.

The NCAA needs to take actions against universities whose student bodies rush the court.  It's getting to the point where any team that might be a slight underdog believes they have the right to storm the floor if their team wins.

Just look at last Saturday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut.  UConn is clearly having a down year, but yet they stormed the court after defeating Texas.

I disagree with this decision because UConn has been a top men's college basketball program over the last ten years.  Yes, it was a win against the No. 1 team, in Storrs for the first time ever, but UConn basketball should be held to a higher standard.

Yet at the same time, to see UConn play terribly last night on the road at Providence brought up the question once again.

Would Providence actually storm the court if they beat No. 19 UConn?

Come on, last time I checked, Providence basketball wasn't that bad.  Then as the Friars went on a 14-0 run at the Dunkin' Donut's Center, a mere thought was coming true right before my eyes.

Each and every student at Providence should be ashamed of themselves for rushing the court on a team that has a worse conference record than them.

Keno Davis came out and said that Providence could play with anyone in the country when they play to their potential.

Congrats Keno, you beat a Connecticut team on the bubble and your fans stormed the floor as if it was the first win in five years.  Let's be honest here, something has to be done about this celebration.

UConn always has trouble with Providence at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.  After all, the Big East top to bottom is as tough a conference as they come in collegiate basketball.

What was once reserved for very special wins or colossal upsets has been made a mockery of in recent years.

Plain and simple, what warrants storming the floor after a college basketball win needs to be restored in some way, shape, or form.

Enough is enough.