The biggest story over the weekend in college basketball was Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart shoving a fan at the end of his team’s loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Smart was suspended three games for his actions and today LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones was asked about his situation.
Jones on Marcus Smart situation: “We talk about that at the beginning of the year. We talk about playing between the lines. There’s a segment (of fans) trying to distract you to give their team a home court advantage. You don’t entertain it. You don’t look. Don’t say anything back. At some point they’ll go away or realize they’re not affecting you.”
Jones: “Even now coaching, I very seldom hear (crowds). You hear the buzz, but you don’t hear anything directly to you. You don’t respond so they don’t feel they are a part of it.”
Jones said fans taunted Mahmoud Abdul Rauf often, but he handled it as well as any player he ever coached. Let his play do the talking.
— Tiger Rag (@Tiger_Rag) February 10, 2014
Wise words from Jones about not looking back or saying anything to fuel the fan’s fire and let your play do the talking. The best way to shut up an unruly crowd? Drop 25 on them and leave with a win.
Thankfully, we won’t be seeing any LSU players going into the stands to physically take out their frustrations on any fans and embarrass the program and university.
[h/t Tiger Rag for the quotes]