As of this week, a situation comparable to the recent interaction of Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart with a Texas Tech fan will result in the player's automatic ejection.
The NCAA rule modification was announced in a memo sent Monday from the national coordinator of men's basketball officiating and appears to stem from the Smart incident, as evidenced by the example scenario:
"After attempting to block A1’s dunk, B1 falls into the seats/grandstands behind the basket. As B1 attempts to return to the playing court, a fan makes unsporting/derogatory comments to B1 who goes back into the seats to confront the fan and either physically contacts the fan(s) or directs unsporting comments to the fan(s)."See this story on www.tulsaworld.com