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Terps' court storming was 'absolutely embarrassing,' ESPN's Seth Greenberg says

Some are criticizing Maryland students for storming the court after the Terps' win over No. 5 Wisconsin at Xfinity Center. (Kevin Richardson)

To court-storm or not to court-storm is rarely the question in College Park, seeing as how most every big victory for the Maryland men's basketball team, and even the occasional not-so-big one, seems to draw students to the floor like moths to a flame.

The real intrigue is in seeing who says what afterward.

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On Tuesday night, ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg, apparently perplexed by the Terps' latest court storming and maybe emboldened by the new wave of anti-storming frenzy stirred up in the wake of Kansas State's ugly mob scene, had a few thoughts. So not long after No. 14 Maryland's 59-53 win over Wisconsin, he ranted.

"First off," host Adnan Virk said, "as Commissioner of the Court Storm, you were not in favor of that."

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"Embarrassing," Greenberg said, cutting him off. "That's an absolutely embarrassing court storming. You're the University of Maryland. You've won a national championship. You're playing in your home court against — so what are they? The second-, third-, fourth-, depending on where they're ranked, team? You're in the top 15. You do not storm the court. Illegal. Embarrassing. You're the University of Maryland."

That transcription does not account for Greenberg's attendant gesticulations, which only added to the your-father-is-very-disappointed-in-you vibe of the message.

Greenberg went on to say nice things about Maryland, and maybe that will remain the narrative. Previous court-storming debates felt like referendums on how far the program had fallen. These Terps are quite good. The discourse in the coming news cycle might now reflect that.

Even ESPN's Joe Lunardi could appreciate the irony. Addressing Greenberg, a perpetual on-the-bubble coach at Virginia Tech, he quipped: "Well, first, I'm trying to remember all those times I stormed the court when Virginia Tech made the tournament."

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It would have been one, which is still one more Big Dance than a Maryland senior has enjoyed.

For a couple more weeks anyway.

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