Court storms are one of the best things about college sports. After a big win, usually against a ranked team, fans are excited enough and decide to storm the court. And it deserves to happen, in most scenarios.
But what happened Thursday at Hilton Coliseum between Iowa and #4 Iowa State yet again brought up the following question: "should the court storm end?"
Many media members are calling for the end of the court storm. For me, I say keep it. But with some safety measures attached, as well as a list on when to storm.
First, players and media members that want to leave before the students get onto the court should be able to without making face-to-face contact with other students. The students can wait to storm, and it won't make a big deal when they remember what happened. The last thing someone wants to see is an opposing player knocking out a fan that storms the court. It won't end good. Once the opposing players and coaches get off, as well as media members that want to avoid a court storm, then the students may rush.
Second, games like Iowa-#4 Iowa State shouldn't receive a court storm, even if the ranked team comes back from 20 down or wins on a buzzer-beater. Here's my list on when it's appropriate to storm the court:
- When your unranked team upsets #1
- When your unranked team upsets a top 10 team
- When your top 25 team beats an unranked team
- When your unranked team beats another unranked team
- When your ranked team (#1-#14) beats another ranked team (#1-#25)
- When your unranked team upsets a team that's ranked between #16 and #25
- When your team that's ranked between #15 and #25 upsets #1 (AND ONLY #1)
- When your unranked team upsets a team that's ranked between #11 and #15
Eight simple scenarios all grouped into three different categories. I would love to be part of a court storm in my college career, but it probably won't happen. The court storm should not be taken away from college basketball (or from college football). However, safety measures should be taken so that future injuries won't happen. Like this: