What’s Trending: An Impactful Week at the Top

Posted by Matt Eisenberg on February 25th, 2019

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

LSU and Tennessee went back and forth on Saturday afternoon giving each other everything they could handle. After a frantic tip-in tied things up for LSU, the Volunteers had a chance to win the game. The Vols’ Lamonte Turner, who had made only four of his last 22 three-point attempts, took this quick look after dribbling upcourt. What happened next was a bit of misfortune on Grant Williams’ part to give LSU the break it needed.

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Rivalry Week began with the primary focus, as usual, on Tobacco Road. A mere 30 seconds into the game in Cameron Indoor Stadium, though, the focus swung onto Zion Williamson and his shoes…

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1098404362148208640

For as much grief as Charles Barkley deservedly gets when it comes to analyzing the NCAA Tournament, the Round Mound of Rebound delivered a spot-on take with respect to the Zion Williamson situation….

Elsewhere around College Basketball Nation, Georgia and Mississippi State were tied with under a second to go when Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon stepped to the free throw line. As Weatherspoon missed his first attempt, a Georgia fan threw a stuffed animal on to the floor, resulting in a technical foul. Weatherspoon went on to make the technical free throw before missing his final attempt….

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Kansas‘ reign of power over the Big 12 could be coming to a close after suffering a blowout loss to Texas Tech on Saturday evening. In that defeat, the Jayhawks allowed the Red Raiders an offensive efficiency rating of 148.1, the worst such mark allowed by Kansas in the KenPom era. Even with a win at Kansas State on Monday, Bill Self’s club will need help in order to grab a share of its 15th consecutive Big 12 title.

Last week also featured more than just storylines. There were quite a few highlight-worthy moments, including this dunk of the week nominee by South Carolina’s AJ Lawson

https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/1098030323940626433

It also featured this ankle-breaking, defender-ditching crossover by Gonzaga’s Geno Crandall

The week also included South Dakota State’s Mike Daum eclipsing the 3,000-point mark for his career. Daum became the 10th player to pass the milestone, joining Campbell’s Chris Clemons as the second player to do so this season.

The week also included this back and forth between Ole Miss guard Devontae Shuler and South Carolina coach Frank Martin. The Gamecocks’ coach has long held a reputation of a fiery, no-nonsense guy, but he’s also exhibited plenty of examples of situations where he comes across as a coach that any player would be lucky to play for…

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