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Fan Celebrations Taking Center Court

By Aaron Beard, AP Basketball Writer
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 Evan Nolte #11, Jontel Evans #1, Joe Harris #12, Justin Anderson #23 and Teven Jones #5 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate following their victory against the Duke Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena on February 28, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Duke 73-68. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Evan Nolte #11, Jontel Evans #1, Joe Harris #12, Justin Anderson #23 and Teven Jones #5 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate following their victory against the Duke Blue Devils at John Paul Jones Arena on February 28, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Duke 73-68. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

With so many upsets in college basketball, there seems to be daily highlights of fans storming the court to celebrate.

No team has separated itself from the pack and there have been 15 instances when top-five teams lost to unranked squads on the road, according to STATS LLC.

That has led to a lot of postgame mayhem. And Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says it’s not all fun and games.

He would know. His third-ranked Blue Devils have lost on the road four times, including Thursday at Virginia. The coach says fans should celebrate, but the focus should be getting the visiting team off the court first.

While BCS conferences typically leave it to host schools to manage postgame celebrations, the Southeastern Conference fines its members when fans storm the court.

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