Arizona coach sounds off on court storming after loss to CU

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Fans rush the court after the University of Colorado beat the University of Arizona, 75-72 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.

BOULDER, Colo. — University of Arizona coach Sean Miller was not too pleased Wednesday night after fans at the Coors Events Center stormed the court after the University of Colorado beat the ninth-ranked Wildcats, 75-72.

Miller, who has sounded off before about the issue of court storming, had strong comments after fans rushed the floor.

“I have no problem being a great sport,” Miller said after fans stormed the court for the 10th time in the past 11 losses on the road for Arizona. “But eventually what’s going to happen in the Pac-12 is this: An Arizona player is going to punch a fan, and they are going to punch the fan out of self-defense. And only when it happens will everyone take a deep breath and say, ‘We have to do something to protect both teams.'”

Miller doesn’t believe conference officials are reacting because the court rushing only seems to happen to Arizona.

“If 7-foot-2, 250-pound Kaleb Tarczewski gets bumped literally within 3 seconds of the game ending and he retaliates, what would be the response of our conference?” Miller said. “I’m going to be fine. Someone can say whatever they want to me, spit, do whatever you want. But I’m worried about the players that are under my direction.

“If we lose, at least let us get off the court so that our guys aren’t potentially in a situation where a lawsuit could come. Because when that comes, then and only then will people pay attention.

“It’s falling on deaf ears right now.”

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