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going on to the court after the senior day ceremonies as the team cuts down the nets because Izzo invited the students to join the team isn't rushing the court. Same thing happened in 09 after we beat Purdue (i believe). Last game the students truly rushed was Wisconsin
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Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand
and you know...not being able to clinch the Rose Bowl in Spartan Stadium anymore what with the title game in Indy
well that too,....lol
but I was referring to just storming the field at all.
I think a lot of people here are talking from the stand point of not being a part of a student section that was playing in a situation where it's deserved to rush. The atmosphere was unparalleled that game, us unranked, them #1. Neitzel going off like it was angels in the outfield errrr... backcourt? It was such a great game, it would be an insult to the players and Izzo to not rush. I have never heard of a single izzone member who rushed after the Wisc game who regretted it. If you weren't there, you may never understand. It's an in the moment type reaction. It's the reason why we may not understand why schools like Iowa or PSU rush the court against MSU no matter what the rank. Might it look embarrassing to you and I who are watching on TV, yes. You may be a total court rush snob, but if you're at a great game, and you're a big underdog, and you win... I have a feeling all bets will be off.
This post was edited by Dark Mantonio 18 months ago
Reach for the sky honkey.
Anyone in the building that day completely understands this post. I watched the rush from the nosebleed seats and loved every second of it! Each program has its own standards for a court rush, and those standards change based on the season, game, and situation. That upset in 2007 was as important to MSU as a program at the time as just about any non-tournament win I can remember. Unranked (and, further, tournament streak in jeopardy) and beating #1 at home warranted a celebration.
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so mattyfresh and so clean
Meh, whatever. As long as the situation is somewhat appropriate, then let the college kids have their fun. If we beat a top 5 team in a big situation with a last second shot, is it really going to ruin your enjoyment of the win? If so, then you should really check yourself regarding the things you waste your time getting upset about.
It should be like pre-game where everybody reads the paper when they announce the opponents... after a big win, break out the newspapers.
Was a great time rushing the court and winning by 51. Win against the #1 team in the country or win the B1G title, you rush the court.
how is that embarrassing? We beat the #1 team and it was a team we had struggled mightily with for years and we were in the midst of a down year. That was 100% justified.
Now if you are ranked 11th and you beat the 5th ranked team then no...it's stupid. But 20s or lower beating #1 AND it's a rival? Rush all you want.
Agreed, really rushing the court is about game time excitement and you can't control it... If you know basketball then you know what I mean
Our team always storms the court for each time out.
Even if you are number 2?
False. Student section (including me) stormed the field in 1993 v. UM, when UM was ranked about #6-7 and MSU was not very good. I think the retention wall was put in the following year, effectively ending field storming at Spartan Stadium.
Duke was ranked #1 at the time.
Not sure why you wouldn't consider them a blueblood program.
You should always rush when you beat the #1 team, even if you are the #2 team and have just won five straight NCAA titles.
And winning that game ensured we went to a ninth straight tourney. Before that game, we were barely on the bubble, and needed a signature win to keep our tournament streak alive. We beat #1 Wisconsin in a close game with a fired up crowd that understood the importance of the game. Probably the best Izzone performance in years.
I still remember seeing Neitzel's 3-pointer bouncing around the rim until it feel, and that place ERUPTED! And Walton's defense on Tucker that game was outstanding.
I think it's important to keep that season in perspective. We were picked as low as 9th in the B1G that year. It was almost a given that Izzo's tourney streak was going to end. In his first two years at MSU, Neitzel had not given the slightest indication that he could carry the team offensively - the notion would have been a joke (to anybody but his parents). Until that year Naymack had been a big disappointment. Everyone had high hopes for Raymar but who knows with freshmen. Walton could defend but was an eye-averter on offense. Yet that team became a proud part of Spartan lore and winning that game was part of it.
Miami stomping #1 Duke was beyond justified, and I believe an unranked small school LaSalle beating a top 10 ranked Butler program on a bucket within the last 10 seconds is justified as well, those fans are never in that situation. I think they said on ESPN LaSalle hasn't beaten a top 10 team at home since the 80's. Legit rush.
The arrogance of success
There are good situations where it is warranted and situations where it seems forced. The Wisconsin game was definitely warranted.
Great video highlights of the game. Awesome to watch again.
This. 2009 and 2010 wasn't "rushing the court." It was Izzo on the mic and inviting everyone out on the floor to take part in cutting down the nets after the senior day ceremonies.
If Duke Silver "rushed the court" in 2010, he was the only one running. I was there for 2007, 2009, and 2010. 2007 was the only real "rush." And if you were in the middle of it in 2007 or in 2000, you'd know what rushing the court is like. Lots and lots of running, jumping, and some sheer terror there for a second or two as you are afraid of falling down and getting trampled. I remember there was one point where I couldn't breathe because we were packed in there so tight and everyone was pushing closer. Still an amazing experience though.
And to those that say "act like you've been there" keep in mind that while we may have been there as a program (although 2000 and 2007 were "program games and moments"), those student-athletes haven't been there before. And they enjoyed the hell out of it in 2007.
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Mark Dantonio.
Absolutely. Anyone in the building that day knows that rushing the court was the ONLY thing to do. Our tournament streak was very much in jeopardy and we had #1 coming to town (and #1 just happened to be the hated Badgers--who at that time had been owning us for 5 years).
The atmosphere was absolutely electric. Breslin was deafening. Our team had guys like MoJo and Dahlman play extended minutes (because we had no one else). Neitzel was throwing shit up there and it was going in. Walton (yes, TRAVIS WALTON) took a 30-foot jumper with a second left in the shot-clock and it went in.
We weren't supposed to win, but it was our night, and everyone in the building could feel it. The court rush was spontaneous and, frankly, the most exciting moment I ever experienced at an MSU sports event.
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