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Let’s be honest: Duke is not the best team in the country right now. Neither is Michigan, Kansas, or Louisville. There is no top team in the country right now, because this isn’t last year, and Anthony Davis isn’t playing college basketball anymore. Miami proved this last night when they spanked supposedly “number 1” Duke for twenty straight minutes, made them change their diaper, and then spanked them for another twenty. It was a beat down for sure, but I don’t think it carried the weight of biblical proportions Miami fans think it did.

During the second half, in true David and Goliath fashion, Miami fans pulled out the stupidest shenanigan in college basketball. With a few minutes remaining in the game, the crowd started in with the asinine “overrated” chant; the most counter-intuitive action a home crowd can carry out. If anything, the “overrated” chant only diminishes what your team has accomplished by implying that the team you just beat is not as good as originally thought, and therefore, your victory is not as impressive. It pulls the focus away from how well your team performed and places it squarely on what the higher-ranked team did wrong. People should be talking about how well Miami is playing, and the fact that they now have a two game lead in the ACC when nobody picked them to be there this year. Instead, since Miami fans themselves think Duke is overrated, the rhetoric is now centered on “What’s wrong with Duke?” And to top it off, the fans of a team ranked in the AP Top 25 felt the need to storm the court….AGAIN (really ACC, how many times are we going to do this in a season?).

I understand fans want to have fun, and everybody has some weird fetish for Duke losses. But if other teams want to be taken seriously, and if fans really want their teams to be in the discussion with Duke, Kansas, Louisville, etc., you might want to start paying attention to how those fans conduct themselves. Though you may hate doing it, try taking some advice from Coach K: “Next time we play those guys, we’re gonna win. And when we do, we’re gonna walk off the court.”

 


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Scott Sportsman
01/24/2013 11:42

First off, props to Miami’s season so far and Frank Haith recruiting that team.

Second off, their PG Trey McKinney-Jones is a transfer from UMKC and aside from being #1 on a SportsCenter Top 10 play his Freshman year for UMKC, I don’t remember him being that good.

I think the fan’s behavior is due to the fact Duke was #1 in the nation. If Duke was ranked #24 or unranked, the “overrated” chant wouldn’t have happened nor fans storming the court. Miami basketball has had nothing to be proud of since the early 2000s when Missouri knocked them out in the tourney. For them to knock off the #1 team in the nation at home, I think any team similar to Miami would act the same. Not going to lie and having done it, storming the court (and/or field) is one of the coolest things a college fan can possibly do. This is something that is unique to collegiate sports, since you can’t do it at professional sporting events. It’s fun, memorable, and a very unique opportunity that a ton of fans just won’t get in their lifetimes.

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lexx8
01/25/2013 09:44

when you put too much thought into the chants of sports fans, you get this

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08/08/2013 02:00

Let’s be honest: Miami is in more better condition than Duke which has lost is the title of best team in the country right now. There is no top team in the country right now because Anthony Davis isn’t playing college basketball anymore. And this is the main reason. Thank you a lot for sharing with us.

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10/24/2013 02:54

It was a beat down for sure, but I don’t think it carried the weight of biblical proportions Miami fans think it did.

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