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Duke star Kyle Filipowski sprained his ankle Saturday, his coach said, after Wake Forest fans stormed the court following the Demon Deacons’ 83-79 win over the eighth-ranked Blue Devils .

Despite not being ranked, the Demon Deacons were actually the favorites in the game.

But Las Vegas lines don’t necessarily matter when it comes to breaking into court. An unranked team beat a conference opponent ranked in the top 10 in the country.

It was a favorable situation for fans to storm the field.


Wake Forest fans storm the court

Wake Forest students storm the court after the Demon Deacons beat the Duke Blue Devils at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Cory Knowlton/USA Today Sports)

Considering that Wake Forest was expected to win, ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg places much of the blame for Filipowski’s injury on Wake Forest’s administration.

“Wake Forest…dropped the ball,” Greenberg said. “You have to have a plan in place. If you’re playing this game and you expect to win, you have to hire additional security. You have to have a plan in place to make sure these players get off the court safely. Whether it’s creating a block with your security so that students on both ends can’t get onto the court, you have to have something in place.

“Wake Forest and its administration, the fault is yours.”

The assault on the courts has been a hot topic lately, particularly after an incident involving Caitlin Clark last month.

On CBS Sports, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis called for limiting courtroom break-ins.

Wake Forest fans storm the court

Fans storm the court as they celebrate with Wake Forest players after Wake Forest defeated Duke in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

“You have to make the penalty significant enough to prevent this from happening,” Kellogg said. “Security is part of the answer, but you have to be prepared. And I think you just need a sanction that is extremely dissuasive so that we don’t have this.”

“Because someone is going to get seriously hurt and you don’t want that to happen before we do what needs to be done safety-wise.


“I think you just have to close it… If you want to have a… storm on the field a minute and a half after the game, then you can do it. Players, coaches and officials must have space to leave the field safely. “

Davis added: “The court is for people who have earned the right to be there: players and coaches. Fans don’t deserve the right to be there.”

Duke head coach Jon Scheyer asked the NCAA to ban fans from the court.

Wake Forest fans on the court

Wake Forest’s Matthew Marsh (33) celebrates with fans after the Demon Deacons’ victory over Duke in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


“When are we going to ban assault on the court? When are we going to ban that? How many times does a player have to get into something where they hit him, push him or make fun of him directly in the face? It’s a dangerous thing. “

Even match commentator Chris Spatola said the assault on the pitch “shouldn’t happen.”

LSU was fined $100,000 this week after the Tigers defeated Kentucky and fans stormed the field. In the ACC there are no penalties for breaking into court.

By Sam