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Cory Woodroof

Wake Forest fans stormed the court after Duke upset and seemingly injured Blue Devils’ Kyle Filipowski

An upset victory for the Wake Forest men’s basketball team against ACC rival Duke on Saturday quickly changed its tenor after a player was seemingly injured during the ensuing court-storming by Wake Forest fans.

Duke standout center Kyle Filipowski sprained his ankle, coach Jon Scheyer said, after he got caught in the large group of fans storming the court at Wake Forest’s Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Demon Deacons fans stormed the court as soon as the clock hit zero, which did not allow for Filipowski to get off the court in time to avoid the rushing crowd. He was helped off by his Duke teammates after he got caught up in the mayhem.

An overhead video from ESPN shows that purposeful contact might’ve been made during the sequence where Filipowski was injured.

Scheyer lamented about Filipowski’s injury in his postgame press conference and called for court-storming to be banned.

Filipowski felt that the contact was intentional on behalf of Wake Forest fans.

Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes joined Scheyer in condoning the court-storming that left Filipowski injured.

Filipowski is the second high-profile college hoops player to be injured during a court-storming. Iowa women’s basketball sensation Caitlin Clark collided with an Ohio State fan storming the court in January.

If Filipowski misses significant time, it will only further the calls for the ACC (and the NCAA at large) to better regulate, or ban altogether, storming the court in college basketball.

College basketball analysts and fans had plenty of thoughts about this unfortunate incident.

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