At halftime on Wednesday night, when fifth-ranked Xavier held a three-point lead at home over top-ranked Villanova, the public-address announcer pleaded with fans to not storm the court if the Musketeers won. Xavier knocked off ‘Nova, 90-83. And you know what happened afterward? Nothing.
Xavier fans filed out of the Cintas Center in orderly fashion, elated in victory while proving they understood basketball. It wasn’t that shocking of an upset.
Arizona coach Sean Miller has begged kids to stop storming courts because it’s dangerous for players and fans. He warned about the possibility of players and fans getting injured. He suggested schools get fined $100,000 any time their fans rush the court. It makes sense.
I’m not trying to be a fuddy-duddy. In 1984, as a high school senior, I stormed the court after little Niagara knocked off Chris Mullin and fourth-ranked St. John’s. At least it was after a major upset. Kids think it’s cool, but the practice has become cliche.
Doing nothing is cooler.