What’s Trending: Preseason Madness 2018

Posted by Matt Eisenberg on October 25th, 2018

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

Six and a half months ago, Villanova was cutting down the nets in San Antonio after defeating Michigan in the National Championship game. Now, in late October, the 2018-19 season is right around the corner. And you know it’s almost time for the season to start when “list-season” begins…

Whether that means Gary Parrish ranking his top 101 players….

…or Matt Norlander ranking all 353 Division I teams…

…or something as simple as the Preseason AP All-American Team…

https://twitter.com/marchmadness/status/1054791463811379201

…and perhaps most of all, when Ken Pomeroy‘s preseason ratings are released!

The FBI’s investigation into the world of college basketball began over a year ago, but the impact continues into this preseason.

There’s Zion Williamson “allegedly” asking to be paid by Kansas…

…and there were plenty of coaches whose names were brought up….

…and now, with the season fast approaching, we have players being held out with eligibility questions in play…

While there was been plenty of drama, intrigue and discussions off the floor, we are also beginning to get some excitement on the floor…

We had players doing their best Zion Williamson impressions…

We had Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson jumping over his teammates in a dunk contest at Big Blue Madness…

And then we had Zion Williamson himself doing things in an exhibition game that led to over 70,000 YouTube views within 24 hours of the game…

On the floor, not-so-secret “Secret Scrimmages” pop-up frequently at this time of the year, and while former coaches suggest not overreacting, what fun would these “games’ be if we didn’t react to them?

We had a preseason top-10 team unable to slow down a Pac-12 group hoping to get back to the top of their conference…

We also saw a Lumberjack topple a power-conference foe….

In match-ups that took place off of the floor, we had Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim vs. LeBron James…

https://twitter.com/KingJames/status/1055140777154641920

Chris Mack‘s daughter vs. Chris Mack’s hairline during a Twitter takeover on ACC Media Day…

https://twitter.com/CoachChrisMack/status/1055112496229552128

And a Woj-bomb on the soon to be battle of college basketball vs. the NBA’s G-League…

All things considered, I think everyone is ready for college basketball begin.

And finally… #CBBtwitter

Matthew Eisenberg (41 Posts)


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