The 2014-15 college basketball season tips off in less than a month, which means there's about a 95 percent chance that we're less than a month away from witnessing our first court storm since last March. The act has taken on a life of its own in recent years, with just about every individual who covers the sport coming up with their own set of rules or guidelines for court storming.
Another offshoot of that is the resulting controversy that occurs when fans of one of the sport's blue-bloods floods the court, as North Carolina did last season following a win over arch-rival Duke. There isn't an aspect of this debate that hasn't been beaten to death at this point, but one thing that really needs to stop happening right now is fan bases declaring that they've "never" stormed the court before.
You have. You all have.
We've covered UNC already, but here's your preseason reminder that when you hear a fan say this season that their program has never stormed the court and never will, they aren't accurate.
Perhaps the wildest debate over court-storming came in 2010, when former walk-on guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid nailed a game-winning shot at the buzzer to lift the Bruins to a 1-point win over Washington. Members of "The Den" -- UCLA's student section -- stormed the court at Pauley Pavilion, outraging college basketball purists across the country.
Ironically enough, one of the postgame stories from the thriller included this quote from a UCLA student:
"When is the last time you saw North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas rush the court?" fourth-year student Mike Leary said. "You would expect that things like this happen."
Glad you asked, Mike Leary.
The only time in recent memory that Jayhawks fans have stormed the court inside Allen Fieldhouse was after the Final Four games in 2008 ... when Kansas was playing in San Antonio.
Apparently it has happened in the wake of a game played at the Phog, however, when fans in Lawrence couldn't help but get got caught up in the excitement of ... a 36-point blowout of rival Missouri?
The following game, Kansas played Missouri and beat them 112-76. The Jayhawks were back (they finished the season with two losses in the Final Four, finishing 23-7 on the year).
Kansas fans stormed the court.
As far as I know, it is the last time Kansas fans have stormed the court after a basketball game taking place in Allen Fieldhouse.
Twitter would have NOT taken that well.
No fan base has been more pompous about their court-storming superiority than Big Blue Nation, but it turns out Kentucky also has a dirty little secret from the '70s it would have preferred to keep hidden.
Kentucky Sports Radio dug up this picture of Wildcat fans storming the floor inside old Memorial Coliseum following an 86-81 win over Tennessee in 1973. It was the final home game of the season for Kentucky, which eventually lost to Indiana in the Mideast Regional final.
It's happened multiple times in recent memory, most recently a season ago when the Hoosiers upset previously unbeaten Wisconsin.
Photo credit: Pat Lovell - USA Today Sports
The Cameron Crazies also can't play the holier than thou card here, as they actually stormed the court after a 77-75 win over North Carolina when Duke was the No. 1 team in the country in 1998. The Tar Heels were ranked third and the win was Coach K's 500th, but still...
The Breslin Center has been stormed a handful of times over the past decade, most recently when the Spartans upset No. 1 Wisconsin back in 2007.
That team had been fighting tooth and nail to keep State's NCAA Tournament streak alive, which kind of puts the moment in context.
Cardinal fans will argue this, but the fans wound up on the court after U of L knocked off No. 1 Syracuse in the final game at Freedom Hall back in 2010. After initially ignoring some player pleas for them to storm the court (you can see it near the end of this video), a large enough group of Louisville students made their way onto the floor and hoisted seniors Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith onto their shoulders. The win locked up an NCAA Tournament bid for an up-and-down Cardinal team that was ultimately bounced by Cal in the Round of 64.
Like Kansas, Husky fans stormed the court in 2011 after watching their team win a national championship hundreds of miles away. They also did it the season before following UConn's upset of No. 1 Texas inside Gampel Pavilion.
Kevin Rudolf is more offensive than anything else going on in that video.
Apparently it happened after a win over Pitt two seasons ago, but I really just wanted to point out that this is the top Google image result for "DePaul court storm."
So there it is. Fans and national writers alike aren't going to stop creating "definitive rules for court storming" anytime soon, but the "we've never done it" talk needs to stop forever.