What’s Trending: Tackles, Tempers, And More!

Posted by Griffin Wong on February 18th, 2016

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

If College Basketball’s Tripping Epidemic Wasn’t Enough…

Then we have this item for you, as Maryland’s Diamond Stone took it up a notch. At the end of the first half, with Maryland down big to Wisconsin at home, the freshman phenom briefly lost his temper, tackling Wisconsin’s Vitto Brown after the whistle. To make matters worse, Stone pushed Brown’s head back into the ground as he was getting up. Take a look:

Stone was given a flagrant 1 for his actions, and subsequently suspended for a game by coach Mark Turgeon. Though Stone was apologetic after the game, it’s a shame to see any player lose his temper like that. Oh, and Wisconsin snapped Maryland’s 27-game home winning streak.

John Calipari QUICKLY Tossed

It took Coach Cal only two minutes and 26 seconds to earn his ejection on Saturday. After what he thought was a missed call by the officials, the future Hall of Famer was assessed a pair of technical fouls in short succession, leading to his immediate ejection. Despite this early setback, the Wildcats rally to win by 27 without their coach. After the game, Coach Cal said that he had “never been more proud of a team.” Something Calipari has been doing must be working, as the Wildcats have won three in a row and are starting to look like a dangerous team heading into the postseason.

Did We Speak Too Soon About Kansas?

Ever since the end of the Jayhawks streak of 11 straight Big 12 titles was seen as potentially imminent by nearly every major college basketball outlet (including this one, many times), Kansas has been on a tear. The Jayhawks have won six in a row and now finds itself in the driver’s seat for yet another title. It’s uncanny.

Another Tobacco Road Classic

What a game, what a rivalry. Last night, Duke beat arch-rival North Carolina in another memorable chapter in arguably the greatest rivalry in sports. It was an incredible triumph for Duke, on the road and without Matt Jones for over half of the game. With time running down, freshman Derryck Thornton became the hero for Duke, as he blocked Joel Berry‘s last second jump shot. The Blue Devils have now won five straight over Carolina.


Baylor’s Taurean Prince with the nasty one-handed ‘oop:

Texas defensive monster Prince Ibeh with the emphatic rejection, but was it worth the T?

Quinndary Weatherspoon! The Mississippi State sophomore with the game winner!

USC’s Julian Jacobs skies in transition:

Miami junior Davon Reed goes reversal:

Monmouth completed an incredible comeback over Rider when junior Justin Robinson‘s last-second three-pointer went through. At 22-5, the Hawks look like a dangerous team in the NCAA Tournament:

Chinanu Onuaku to Jaylen Johnson. Wow:

How about Liberty University’s SOAR Dunk? This counts, right? See for yourself:

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