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.”