Oklahoma State men's basketball coach Travis Ford sees nothing wrong with storming the court.
Texas coach Rick Barnes can't stand them.
What should be done about fans who try to run onto the court after an upset victory? Should there be a policy in place? What about injuries to players and fans?
The Big 12 coaches weighed in during Monday's Big 12 Conference call.
While a majority of coaches said they believe there does need to be a plan in place that allows the opposing team to get off the floor safely, Barnes said it shouldn't be allowed at all.
“I've never liked it,” he said. “I didn't want our guys to ever think things were huge upsets. Act like you expect to win. What you're really doing is you're really paying respect to the other team.”
Barnes said when he was a coach at Providence, an altercation came out of fans storming the court.
“I'm not one for it because I've seen some things happen that aren't good for the game,” Barnes said. “It's just something that good doesn't come from.”
However, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said he saw a bad thing “a time or two” from a court storm but the conference has “got a lot bigger concerns than that honestly.”
Ford stood firm on seeing nothing wrong with storming the court.
“I understand a lot of the concerns, but you could start getting into a lot of other stuff as well,” Ford said. “I think it's an exciting time for the fans and the interaction for the fans to be a part of the game. I think it's an exciting part of the game.”
WILL PLAYER OF THE YEAR COME FROM BIG 12?
Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford believes Marcus Smart is one of the best players in the country.
Monday, he made his case:
“This young man, obviously he affects the game in so many ways,” Ford said. “We ask him to score. We ask him to get assists. We ask him to get steals. We ask him to guard for 94 feet, and he does all this at a very, very high rate and a very high efficiency. He's just a young man that really affects the game.”
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg and TCU coach Trent Johnson both mentioned Smart's ability to impact games when they spoke about the freshman. Kansas coach Bill Self said the Cowboys' freshman should be in the discussion for Player of the Year — along with Jayhawks senior Jeff Withey, of course.
“I think so much of it comes down to who's the most successful one and all that,” Self said. “If anyone has turned a vote in already, that's premature because we still have so much ball left.”
THE BRACKETOLOGY ON BUBBLE TEAMS
On the bubble: Baylor and Iowa State
The two Big 12 teams might not see March Madness. Baylor coach Scott Drew and Iowa State's Hoiberg weighed in on bracketology.
Drew: “No question, you have to win games this time of year. The big things for us is we have opportunities. Can't do anything about the past.”
Hoiberg: “I try to not put too much importance on it with our guys. Focus on the task at hand. Right now, for us, that's Oklahoma State. I'm sure our guys read about it with all the social media that's out there, but if you get too far ahead of yourselves I think you lose focus on what's ahead of you in the short run.”
The four team teams playing in the first round of the Big 12 Championship will be West Virginia, Texas, Texas Tech and TCU. All other teams have a first-round bye.
Oklahoma and West Virginia face off on Wednesday, marking the first time in Big 12 Conference history that two teams play three times in a regular season.
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