Well That Didn’t Take Long

Tennessee is ranked #1 for about 29 hours and goes down at Vanderbilt which everyone and their brother saw coming.  As Roy is fond of saying, they do not give out trophies just because you win one big game in the middle of the regular season.

In terms of what this means for UNC, the door is now open to grab that #1 seed in the East Regional.  All the Heels have to do is take care of business going down the stretch including on March 8th in Durham.

And a note to the SEC. Your $25,000 fine for students rushing the floor/field is an idiotic rule. Vandy beats a top ranked cross state rival and they cannot even storm the floor to celebrate? Pretty weak tea.


35 Responses to Well That Didn’t Take Long

  1. Why would anyone rush the floor for beating Tennessee? 😉

    Lord forbid, Bruce Pearl might take a liking to you… 😦

  2. C. Michael says:

    I agree with your disdain of the rule, THF. But I also think it is ridiculous how low the standards have become for rushing the floor. IMO, the rules should be pretty simple: Top 3 opponent, home team unranked, bitter rival. If two of those three don’t apply, you don’t rush the floor.

    Also, if you have won National Championship in that sport, you do not rush the floor. Ever. You are the elite. Act like it.

  3. Steve says:

    I agree with the rules about rushing the floor, but the National Championship addendum should have a moratorium. If it’s been more than, oh I don’t know, 25 years, rushing the court seems reasonable. If your students weren’t alive when you won your last championship, you are no longer the elite, so acting like it is only setting yourself up for disappointment and bitterness.

    Not that I’d know anything about that…

  4. C. Michael says:

    Good point. NC St can rush the floor. 😉

    (I assume that was the reference; hard to believe it’s been 25 years, already.)

  5. Steve says:

    Hard to believe, yes, but it sure feels like it. :*(

  6. Tar Heel Fan says:

    Rules for rushing the floor

    1. Beating a top 3 team if you are unranked

    2. Beating a primary rival

    3. Beating the #1 team if you are outside the top 10 and do not have a recent national title.

    4. If you honestly have never been there before

  7. Will says:

    It is interesting to me that we have to compete with Tennessee for the #1 seed in the East. It seems like they should be in the South region.

  8. C. Michael says:

    Generally yes, but Charlotte is closer to Knoxville than Houston is. Also, technically, Chapel Hill is at a slightly lower latitude than Knoxville! 😉

  9. Steve says:

    THF, I like those rules. It does seem that the bar has been lowered for rushing the floor these days.

    With respect to rule #2, when UNC and Dook play, does the home crowd rush the floor if they win? I honestly don’t know, because I usually turn off the TV to avoid gazing upon celebrating fans of either shade of blue. But I do vaguely remember my undergraduate days in the 80’s – it seems that when triangle teams beat each other, the fans celebrated without rushing the floor. Maybe it should be “upsetting a primary rival?”

  10. C. Michael says:

    Personally, I don’t think UNC or Duke should ever rush the floor.

  11. Steve says:

    I agree – and now that I think about it, maybe I asked a silly question. It’s sort of implicit that you rush the court after an *upset* win.

  12. Triadboy says:

    I think rushing the floor should be part of every game. If the fans are so excited that they have to rush the floor in celebration – who cares? Isn’t that a good thing? Doesn’t that show school spirit? We should rush the floor during exhibition games. I realize there is an “act like you’ve been there before” attitude – but what happened to the “act like you’re a college student and you’ve just seen your favorite team play great” attitude?

  13. C. Michael says:

    Celebrate like crazy, but do it in the stands. Rushing the floor dose nothing to increase the celebratory atmosphere. All it does is increase face time for those who do it and exponentially increase the odds that someone (fan or player) gets injured. I’ve been at huge wins in professional sports and the atmosphere is every bit as ebullient without rushing the playing surface.

  14. Steve says:

    It also didn’t take long for Bruce Pearl to get on my list of most annoying coaches.

  15. NCSteve says:

    I liked Pearl at first, but now find him a little creepy. His rubbing up against Erin Andrews gives me pause(I can understand being tempted to, but have some restraint, please). Painting his flabby middle-aged body orange last year was an eyebrow-raiser too.

    PS I am changing my “name” here to avoid confusion with the more sophisticated Steve with the fancy avatar.

  16. Steve says:

    Thanks NCSteve.
    Calipari I like even less, did you see how disrespectful his players were to the refs?

  17. w says:

    we should let koach k make up the rules for how teams are allowed to celebrate…after all, he is the leader of men, don’t you know…..

  18. 52BigGameJames says:

    now this is gonna be even more confusing—which one of you is the Pack fan?

  19. Steve the State Fan says:

    James, that would be me. NCSteve was probably a bad idea. Maybe this will help, though it might cause some to prejudge my posts. I think I’m done changing my name now.

  20. Josh Bowling says:

    The other Steve needs the screen name “Not the Steve State Fan”. I do not mind rushing the floor if it is a game and atmosphere that warrants it. UNC vs Duke and we’re down 20 and come back to win. Yes, storm the floor. However, it does make it less attractive if we were supposed to beat them down. In that case, don’t storm the floor and be glad you won. Heck, I storm the floor at home when we win. Look out wife & kids!

  21. william says:

    When did all this rushing the floor start? It never happened to my knowledge when I was at Carolina in the mid-1980’s.

  22. Josh Bowling says:

    William, that is because we were so dominate in the early-mid 80’s, they would only storm the floor if we were disastrously defeated, and that didn’t happen! 🙂

  23. Wilson says:

    Although UNC fans should never rush the floor, it actually has happened in recent times: the 2005 Duke game. Given the circumstances of that game, and how it played out, and that it was senior night for one of the most loved senior classes in UNC history AND for the fact that they eventually won the National Championship, I think it was a great moment for the students and the players alike.

    After all, my life would not be complete without this photo.

  24. Wilson says:

    Actually, I’ll just post the entire gallery:

    Wow that is awesome. I love the one with Sean dominating “the landlord.”

    I start to tear up looking at these photos.

  25. william says:

    But then when did it start? The first time I remember was when we beat Duke in 1992, which was definitely an upset and I remember thinking that it did mean that it was an indication of weakness, not strength, especially after having beaten Duke two out of three the season before.

  26. william says:

    Well, the 2005 game is defensible for the reasons stated and also because it was Williams’ first win over Duke at Carolina after 3 defeats….

  27. Tar Heel Fan says:

    It also clinched the ACC regular season and you have to add the Doh years and the 8-20 season the seniors on that team had endured. It was a major celebration of a return of UNC basketball to the days of dominance capped off with the eventual national title.

  28. william says:

    The Doh years, in the pejorative sense, were really only one year. His first year was pretty good by historical standards and the third was so-so.

  29. C. Michael says:

    I will agree that the 2005 Senior day is one of the more special days in (at least my memory) UNC history, when all circumstances are taken into consideration. I think there should always be a common-sense clause in the storm the court rule, and this would certainly apply!

    Speaking of Senior Days, how special is next years going to be, especially if Tyler comes back and they are reigning NCAA Champions! 😉

  30. Big Apple Heel says:

    Speaking of the Doh years, as I recall, there was at least one occasion for some floor rushing: the 2003 Duke game at the Dean Dome to end the season. And I’m not just talking about Andre Buckner trying to get a piece of Doherty 🙂

    That was probably the wierdest thing I ever saw in person at a UNC game. Felton had gone down and appeared to maybe be hurt, and then Buckner flies out of nowhere. I think I saw it, but couldn’t really comprehend that Buckner had actually done it. The whole game from that point was surreal – Rashad hit a big shot to seal it and then a loooooong Duke 3 to tie was sunk, but waved off as it was after the buzzer.

  31. Josh Bowling says:

    Will we be the new number one (providing a win @ BC) on Monday?

  32. Macon F says:

    Heres the 2003 game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxxCWbde6sc
    It was pretty crazy with the Packer commentary.

  33. Big Apple Heel says:

    Thanks Macon – I’d never seen the broadcast. Seems Collins may have had some advice for McCants and then Doherty kindly asked him to coach his own {darn] team 🙂

    The more thing change, the more they stay the same…

  34. Josh Bowling says:

    Duke once again got a strong home-court advantage last night against GT with the officiating. Every game looks like a dog-fight that they play. ACC officials need to call those reach-ins both ways consistantly.

  35. william says:

    Even Len Elmore thought the officiating was bad.

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