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IU fans generate debate after rushing court

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -

A big win for Indiana basketball Tuesday night spurred debate Wednesday over how fans reacted to the victory.

The Hoosiers beat No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72 at Assembly Hall. Students stormed the floor to celebrate the win over the previously unbeaten Badgers.

The rush left many fans debating if that was an appropriate celebration.

"Personally, I was disappointed. Yes, it was a big win, but this is IU. Act like we've won a basketball game before," viewer Chad Stephenson wrote on Facebook.

The last time that happened was December 2011, when IU fans marked a win over Kentucky by rushing the court.

"I understand Kentucky. You've been off the grid for a long time and that was a statement game. Is this a statement game?" said 1070 The Fan host Big Joe Staysniak.

Many WTHR viewers had no problem with the on-court celebration.

"Why not? Finally beating Wisconsin after 12 straight losses. Let the fans have fun and celebrate. This is Hoosier Hysteria, not a Harvard tennis match," wrote Kip Harris.

"If you're Wisconsin, you're like, 'Damn. Stormed the court for beating us. How many banners do we have?'," said 1070 The Fan host Michael Grady.

Sports reporter Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com said many of the students who celebrated were young, seeing their first Big Ten game.

"You have 17,000 in that building. How many college kids were on the court? Maybe 150. It really wasn't a court rush. It didn't even come close to the whole Kentucky deal. It was sort of a 'Can we go? Should we go? Should we not go? What should we do?'," Rabjohns said.

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