Duke freshman: Lil Wayne cursed at me

The bonds between hip-hop artists and college basketball programs have been thoroughly documented in recent months.

Jay-Z and Drake love Kentucky. Rick Ross considers Memphis’ John Pastner a confidant.

If you can’t find South Carolina’s Frank Martin Monday, don’t panic. He’ll probably be at home dissecting Pitbull’s new album, “Global Warming,” which hits stores next week.

Mike Brey rolls with 2 Chainz. Tom Crean and Jeezy.

The connection is real now.

But rap artists’ affinity for the sport reached a new level earlier this week.

Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon claims that rapper (Kentucky fan?) Lil Wayne, who sat courtside during the No. 9 Blue Devils’ 75-68 victory over the No. 3 Wildcats Tuesday, swore at him during the game.

After the win, Sulaimon tweeted: “Still a @LilTunechi fan but was shook when he cursed me out court side lol. Where the duke love at slime.”

Really? A multiplatinum artist going at a freshman in a college game? What, Pusha T was unavailable, so he had to start a beef with a teenager?

Sulaimon was impressive in stretches during Duke’s win in ESPN’s 24-Hour Tip Off Marathon. The freshman finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. But he was 3-for-14 from the field.

Still, the performance on the big stage justified the buzz that preceded the arrival of the former McDonald’s All-American.

Lil Wayne’s alleged remarks, however, did little for his street cred.

I just hope the incident doesn't inspire imitators. The last thing college basketball needs is a Spike Lee wannabe taunting players from the front row.

But perhaps that’s inevitable. These worlds, college basketball and hip-hop, have collided.

So we shouldn’t be surprised.