What’s Trending: Comeback Saturday Edition

Posted by Griffin Wong on February 2nd, 2015

What’s Trending is a column examining the week that was in college basketball social media. Griffin Wong (@griffwong90) is your weekly host.

Pitino Steals the Spotlight

And it wasn’t because of his team’s come-from-behind win over UNC (more on that later). Pitino went with the Colonel Sanders white suit to go along with the beginnings of a beard.

A bold look, but I guess it paid off.

A Wild Saturday in the ACC

As mentioned above, Louisville came back from an 18-point second half deficit to give Pitino his first career victory over North Carolina (now 1-6). Junior Montrezl Harrell went off with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and a one-handed alley-oop that brought The House That Colonel Sanders Built completely down.

Wow. But as fantastic of a game that this one was, it was arguably bested by another ACC match-up later that evening. In an ESPN Gameday event between two top-five teams, Duke took down Virginia on the road, giving the Cavaliers their first loss of the season. The Blue Devils needed an impressive second-half comeback of its own to do so. After cutting Virginia’s lead to just three points with a couple minutes remaining, Justin Anderson delivered a thunderous alley-oop that appeared to thwart Duke’s run.

Nice dunk, but Duke had the last laugh. The Blue Devils ended the game on a 16-5 run, capped by freshman sensation Tyus Jones‘ crowd-hushing dagger that put the game out of reach.

Kentucky Aims for Perfection

Since a couple of surprising overtime wins in early January, the Wildcats haven’t been messing around much since. In a week where several top-10 teams fell, Kentucky stayed undefeated with convincing wins over Missouri and Alabama.

VCU Suffers a Huge Loss

VCU lost to crosstown rival Richmond on Saturday, but that isn’t the loss that cut the deepest. Senior Briante Weber suffered a gruesome knee injury that will end his career at VCU. Writhing in pain, Weber and coach Shaka Smart shared a touching Da’Sean Butler/Bob Huggins Moment.

The senior was a defensive standout and fit perfectly into Smart’s HAVOC system. To add insult to injury, Weber was just 12 thefts away from the all-time NCAA steals record.

Tragic, one could say.

Quick Hitters

-NC State’s Trevor Lacey hits a huge three to give the Wolfpack an 81-80 (OT) victory over Georgia Tech:

-Division II Drury University wins in a crazy finish over Quincy. Junior Kameron Bundy hit the prayer at the buzzer to win it for the Panthers:

-Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes with a monster putback slam in the Badgers’ 74-63 win over Iowa:

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