‘This is Unacceptable and Not Safe’: Bill Walton Blasts Oregon Fans For Rushing the Court Early
Rushing the court has become ridiculously commonplace in college basketball these days. It’s become so common, in fact, that on Wednesday night, Oregon fans did it twice in the same game — much to the chagrin of Bill Walton, who was calling the action for ESPN2.
With his team down 87-86 in the final seconds of their game against No. 2 ranked UCLA, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks pulled up at the top of the key and nailed a 3-pointer with the clock showing no time remaining.
The Oregon fans, believing the game was over, stormed the court in celebration. Only, the game wasn’t over. The referees put nearly a full second back on the clock after a video review of Brooks’s shot.
Walton, meanwhile, was livid about the fans being on the court.
“This is unacceptable and not safe,” Walton said.
“The PAC 12, conference of champions, cannot let this happen. They’ve instituted new rules and procedures to prevent this.”
The discussion between Walton and play-by-play man Roxy Bernstein centered around whether a technical foul should’ve been called on Oregon. Bernstein seemed to assert that because UCLA’s player had not inbounded the ball, play hadn’t been interrupted. Walton wasn’t having it.
“If you can call a technical, I mean, the ball doesn’t have to be in bounds!” Walton said.
The rule would seem to say that Walton was right and wrong. The ball didn’t have to be inbounded, but again, the clock showed no time left. The game appeared to be over.
Eventually, the court was cleared. UCLA failed to score when play resumed, and the Ducks were finally credited with the victory.
“The second court storming in the same game?” Walton said, incredulous. “This is unacceptable.”
Watch above, via ESPN2.
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