What’s Trending: Missed Memphis Dunks, #BBN in Trouble, Flutie Plays the DrumsPosted by Nick Fasulo on January 31st, 2014
Trending is a column examining the week that was in college basketball social media. Nick Fasulo (@nickfasuloSBN) is your weekly host.
Who should be more embarrassed: Memphis’ Joe Jackson or California’s Justin Cobbs?
Jackson tried a windmill dunk in the middle of a close game, only to get an earful from head coach Josh Pastner. Cobbs wedged the ball between the rim and glass on a a breakaway layup.
Our pick? Got to go with Jackson. Up five on the road against a pesky UCF club, you take any points you can get. Cobbs’ blunder actually ended up benefiting the Golden Bears, as officials called the play a jump ball, Cal retained possession and converted a three pointer a few seconds later.
Regardless, expect the Mothership to have both these plays ranked high on their weekly #SCNotTop10 countdown this evening.
Doug McDermott plays hero with a questionable no-call?
GIFs never lie, man. Click the screen grab below to see what “Creighton Otter” of White &Blue Review is calling a “super screen” by the Bluejays’ Isaiah Zierden to free up the NPOY candidate for his game-winning shot against St. John’s.
There really is no place like home when the game is tied in the final 10 seconds.
#BBN In Disarray?
Kentucky appears to be nothing more than a young and talented group of players who are struggling to compete at a high level on the road. We’ve seen this before during the John Calipari era, but when your point guard is physically acting as an extension of the head coach when on the court, as opposed to figuratively (a compliment), there’s legitimate cause for concern.
Least Impressive Taunt of the Week
I was always under the impression that the Oakland Zoo was a proud student section. A crowd full of cool kids. Perhaps this student’s attempt at bringing the funnies is an anomoly, but 2009 was four years ago, kid. You can do better than this, especially when you’re trying to rattle a guy like Jabari Parker. (H/T: Barstool U)
Nike unveils throwback uniforms
How can a #brand #engage with their fans and consumers? Manufacture flashy looking throwback jerseys, unveil them via social media, of course, and announce to fans when their favorite team will don the new threads. It is a shoe-in to go #viral.
Honor the past. Dominate the future. The Nike Hyper Elite Dominance Uniforms. On court this February. pic.twitter.com/004upHoWRw
— Nike Basketball (@nikebasketball) January 30, 2014
But seriously though, they do look gorgeous. The uniforms will be worn during select games in February.
Russ Smith becomes a last minute homecoming date
Louisville was idle last weekend, but that didn’t stop the always exuberant Russ Smith from making headlines.
Sitting in attendance at Louisville’s duPont Manual High School’s girls basketball homecoming double-header, Smith was approached by brave freshman girls player Tonysha Curry, whose date did not show up.
— Steve Andress (@steveandress) January 25, 2014
Smith, as you can see, not only saved the day, but may have made the girl’s adolescent life.
After being coerced by her teammates to ask Smith, Curry approached Smith after her game, and the Cardinals’ senior guard responded exactly how you would expect him to.
Smith was in the building to support a former U of L student manager who is now assistant high school girls coach. The whole thing is very serendipitous.
Remember Troy Bell?
Boston College’s all-time leading scorer and two-time Big East Player of the Year is currently playing overseas in Italy. But on the side he’s got a bit of a singing career going. If you follow him on Instagram… ladies… you can bet on a weekly serenade just like this:
- Hip-hop and R&B singer Trey Songz was at Allen Fieldhouse to take in Iowa State vs. Kansas. He met the Jayhawks [Twitter] and left a lasting impression with Bill Self [YouTube]
- Joel Embiid has joined Instagram. Early verdict: he’s a funny man [Instagram] and a must-follow.
- Just what was this mesmerizing but maybe illegal move [Vine] by Keith Appling during the Spartans’ game vs. Iowa ?
- Doug Flutie seems like a guy who would do anything for another year as a college undergrad. He played the drums with the BC pep band [Twitter] when the Eagles hosted N.C. State.