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UNC Fans Storm The Court After Beating Duke … OK, Or Bush League Move?

One of college basketball’s top rivalries — maybe the top — results in winning team’s fans invading the court. But, it’s a regular season game, and North Carolina is a traditional basketball powerhouse. Shouldn’t their fans act like they’ve been there before?

Well, it was No. 5 Duke, and the 74-66 win by the Tar Heels was their eighth in a row. But still …

Not only that, but the party continued out on Franklin Street: did someone just win the National Championship … or kill bin Laden again?

Here are some random opinions:

My official opinion (dodges brick): Storm the court if you must, but also be ready for the fallout for doing so. In a perfect basketball world, rushing the court should be reserved for the lowly underdog only. If Duke had beaten UNC tonight, their past 86 meetings vs. each other would have been 43-43. The Tar Heels have outscored the Blue Devils in those games, 6,638-6,632. Sorry, but that’s as even as it gets among two elite programs.

Here are teams who had a perfect right to rush the court:

* Hickory High in the final game in “Hoosiers”.

* Princeton beating UCLA in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

* Camp Northstar beating Camp Mohawk in “Meatballs”.

* San Jose State beating anybody.

End of list.

Besides, just once won’t someone think of the custodial staff?

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