What’s Trending: The NCAA Tournament is Closer Than You Think

Posted by Matt Eisenberg on February 11th, 2019

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

Saturday marked the initial release of the Selection Committee’s top 16 seeds for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. While the choices lacked much in the way of surprise, the release was followed by five of those teams losing later that day.

Earlier in the week, the college basketball world was reminded of the drama that comes along with NCAA violations, as Arizona decided to place assistant coach Mark Phelps on administrative leave. The Wildcats have struggled both on and off the court this season.

The troubles in the Pac-12 of course are shared by everyone else in the conference. UCLA led by as many as 22 points on Saturday against Utah. Unfortunately for the Bruins, however, their lead was just two points in the final seconds when this happened…

The week that was also included some “meaningful meaningless” baskets at the end of games. First, there was Oklahoma guard Jamal Bieniemy‘s running three that appeared to come after the buzzer, trimming a four-point Iowa State win to a single point. It turns out that was a very big basket for Brent’s friends in the desert…

Just days later, another game officiated by Roger Ayers used 40 minutes and 1 second when it came to this Creighton basket. This was a week where some fans had really good or really bad luck…

Speaking of luck, College GameDay has now visited the Virginia campus four times. In their three previous appearances at John Paul Jones Arena, a UVA student has nailed the State Farm Half-Court Shot. With the streak on the line again this weekend, Virginia pushed it to four with this half-court heave…

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1094285986731839488

Success from behind the three-point line carried over into that night’s game between Duke and Virginia, as the two teams combined to shoot an outstanding 23-of-45 from behind the arc. As a side note, Virginia’s DeAndre Hunter went 1-of-4 from distance, with his miss being ending up on Zion Williamson‘s highlight reel…

https://twitter.com/theACCDN/status/1094403576623845376

Michigan got the best of Wisconsin over the weekend, and while the Wolverines held the Badgers to just 52 points, Ethan Happ had another big game against the maize and blue. In his postgame press conference, Michigan head coach John Beilein spoke his mind when it comes to another game against the Badgers’ senior…

https://twitter.com/BigTenNetwork/status/1094329106370564097

And finally, Bill Walton was busy being Bill Walton this week. Just when you think Dave Pasch has seen it all from his sidekick, Bill does this…

https://twitter.com/SBNation/status/1094456309838049280
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