College Basketball By The Tweets: Will Privette, Dunk(s) of the Year, and Those Baylor UnisPosted by Nick Fasulo on January 16th, 2013
Nick Fasulo is an RTC correspondent who writes the column College Basketball By the Tweets, a look at the world of college hoops through the prism of everyone’s favorite social media platform. You can find him on Twitter @nickfasuloSBN.
What were arguably the two most memorable incidents to go down in college basketball the last seven days? On the court, it was certainly the game’s final four undefeated teams falling one by one over a 96-hour span. Off the court, err, on the sidelines, it was Robert Montgomery Knight revealing his age and inability to make out the difference between the shot clock and game clock during the final moments of Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt. The most underappreciated handle on all of Twitter encapsulated it beautifully.
UM loses. It’s been so long since anybody’s gone undefeated that the coach of the last team to do it doesn’t even know what a shot clock is.
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) January 13, 2013
C.J. Leslie and his friend Will Privette
To call it heartwarming would be an understatement, but whatever it is, C.J. Leslie’s Saturday afternoon was one he will never forget. First he dropped a game high 25 points as the Wolfpack upset then top-ranked Duke, which led to this photo that should be sold as a 24″ x 48″ poster at the school’s bookstore.
— Jonathan Green (@WTFjgreen) January 12, 2013
But even after the final horn sounded, Leslie was still being attentive on the court, ushering a senior student in a wheelchair to safety amongst the sea of red that was stomping all over the PNC Arena court.
Best part about wheelchair dude at the State game? Apparently CJ Leslie picked him up and carried him out of harm’s way.
— Will Brinson (@willbrinson) January 12, 2013
New found respect for CJ Leslie. Picks up a man in a wheelchair, gives him a hug puts him back in his chair then clears a path for his exit.
— Chase Johnson (@MorganChase22) January 12, 2013
Yes, naturally, Will Privette’s act has gone viral. The kid is one of the most sought after interviews in sports media right now, and it’s doing wonders to his social media clout.
Just hit 1,000 followers on Twitter. Wow. This is unbelievable. Thank you to everyone for the love and support. #rollpack
— Will Da Thrill (@Thrill21) January 14, 2013
— Jason Jennings (@JasonWFLA) January 14, 2013
Brandon Paul, Anthony Bennett, Jamaal Franklin. Who ya got?
In a similar rhythm to the nation’s final four undefeated going down, it is quite possible that three of the season’s best dunks occurred minutes between each other last Wednesday night (here, here and here). I think we know the winner — a pass-off-the-backboard-to-yourself-in-transition-when-the-game-is-anything-but-decided dunk tends to rise above other nominees in these instances — but the pulse at which Twitter reacted to all three dunks was fascinating to watch unfold. All three had dozens if not hundreds of #SCtop10 nods.
@harold_n_tkumar brandon paul is a straight thug for thaat one
— El Nandu (@ChampaignWishez) January 10, 2013
If you don’t believe the charge/block rule needs to be rewritten, see Brandon Paul’s disallowed dunk against Minnesota as Exhibit A.
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) January 10, 2013
OH MY GOD EVERYONE HAS TO SEE THE DUNK BRANDON PAUL JUST MADE OVER MBAKWE. SERIOUSLY
— Shane Ryan (@TobaccoRdBlues) January 10, 2013
Anthony Bennett just threw down a man’s dunk. Wow. You don’t want to step in the way of that.
— Daniel Martin (@DanielJMartin_) January 10, 2013
— Quintin Kohorst (@QuintinKohorst) January 10, 2013
Anthony Bennett just caused an earthquake that Texas will feel in about 17 seconds.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) January 10, 2013
Less than 1 % of basketball players could pull off what Jamal Franklin did on that dunk. Less than 1 % of that 1 % would think to try.
— John Ezekowitz (@JohnEzekowitz) January 10, 2013
Everything about Jamaal Franklin is strange.
— Jordan Majewski (@jorcubsdan) January 10, 2013
Is Jamaal Franklin serious with that dunk and stat line from last night?
— Neal Bourbon (@TooMuchBourbon) January 10, 2013
— SBN College Hoops (@SBNationCBB) January 10, 2013
I know that’s a “get off my lawn” remark, but I find Jamaal Franklin to be rather unsavory.
— Kevin Agee (@Kevin_Agee) January 10, 2013
As you’ve probably deduced from this weekly post, sifting through tweets from American Everymans are a great guilty pleasure of mine. For better or worse, there’s nothing better than seeing what Joe Blow has to say about the real hard-hitting issues in college basketball. Take Baylor’s modified jerseys for example. Green on green. It really stirred the pot with some of America’s most observant college basketball fans.
Baylor is so hipster. They’re all like…you haven’t even heard of me, because my name is in the exact same color as my jersey.
— Laurie (@leulang) January 15, 2013
Damn , Baylor Why Would You Have Your Last Name In Your Jersey A Lighter Green Then What Your Jersey Actually Is Smh.
— ¤Bruh,Chill¤(@Lil_Zii) January 15, 2013
They roasting the Baylor jersey but why would their name be same color as their jerseys tho..stupid
— Joseph.T (@__BaByJoe__) January 15, 2013
And btw, the fade away names on the Baylor jersey’s are stupid. Not that I would want folks to know my name if I played for Scott Drew.
— MsWright (@phogphans) January 15, 2013
Baylor’s green lettering on green material is almost as funny as when KSU printed “SOUHTWELL” on Shane Southwell’s jersey. #KUbball
— Brad Wilson (@wbradwilson) January 15, 2013
Totally archivable, right? There’s truly no better feature of the world wide web than Twitter’s search bar.