March Madness 2022 is already pretty wild. Brackets, Cinderella, a little trolling? NCAA basketball tournaments for men and women have it all, and we only have a few days into the fun.
The conference tournaments and the big dance have already provoked many reactions from celebrities, school alumni and more. They have brought with them a healthy dose of trolling, jokes and nesting.
Here are some exceptional cases of trolling on social media during the men’s and women’s tournaments:
The first round
Golden State Warriors stars alma mater Stephen Curry and Green met in the quarterfinals on Friday night. Davidson gave Michigan State all it could handle, but Tom Izzo’s squad went victorious 74-73. Izzo meets Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski for the last time on Sunday in the round of 16.
After the Spartans’ win, Green Curry announced the result via his Instagram story.
Strut on, Peacocks. No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s held out No. 2 seed Kentucky in overtime to take down the Wildcats 85-79. Daryl Banks III and Doug Edert led the way with 27 and 20 points respectively. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it is the 10th 15-2 clearance since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
New Mexico State Aggies
A 12-5 upset came courtesy of New Mexico State. Junior guard Teddy Allen scored 37 points, the most of any player in an NCAA tournament game in NMSU’s history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He was the only Aggie to hit double figures in that division and his sensational night helped defeat UConn 70-63.
Unlike the Huskies, Aggie’s dreams of dancing to a championship are still alive.
Iowa was fresh after a Big Ten tournament championship and entered the tournament as a No. 5-seed. None of this, however, played any role for the No. 12 seed Richmond.
The Spiders pulled off the famous 12-5 play and defeated the Hawkeyes 67-63. According to ESPN Stats & Information, 85.6% of ESPN brackets in Iowa had to win their 64 rounds, the second highest percentage of all non-top 4 seeds in the tournament.
For Richmond, it is the school’s ninth win as a 12th seeding or lower, the most since the tournament seeding began in 1979. After the outrage, the spiders reminded social media of their ability to hit consoles.
Longwood University, located in Farmville, Virginia, finished No. 14 in the men’s tournament and No. 16 in the women’s bracket. However, the University of Virginia, about 60 miles north of Lancer’s campus, had no basketball team in any of the NCAA tournaments this season.
So Longwood’s Twitter account decided to post a thread explaining why UVA fans should root for their teams during March Madness.
Reason No. 5 refers to the history of men’s basketball coach Griff Aldrich against the Cavaliers. In 2018, he was the recruiting and development manager for UMBC Retrievers, the first 16-seed to defeat a No. 1 seed (Virginia) in the men’s NCAA tournament.
The Lancers No. 1 reason was simple: they are not Virginia Tech. Simple reasoning for Hoos out there.
However, the trolling season in Farmville did not last long. Lancer’s men’s team was crushed by Tennessee in the first round. Longwood’s women’s team, a No. 16 seed, will face No. 1 seed NC State on Saturday.
Notre Dame is fighting the Irish
Notre Dame’s first four-matchup against Rutgers on Wednesday night was a thriller with double overtime. Senior Paul Atkinson Jr. made a putback layup with a second left on the clock to propel the 11-seeded Fighting Irish to a 89-87 win. Atkinson finished with 26 points on 13-of-15 shooting.
The game lasted until early on Thursday morning, even St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe it was the Irish’s turn on Notre Dame’s side after midnight. Regardless, coach Mike Brey was in the spirit during his post-match interview.
Kentucky’s women’s team played David against South Carolina’s Goliath and defeated the top-ranked Gamecocks in the SEC championship game. Forward Dre’Una Edwards scored a three-pointer with five seconds on the clock to give the Wildcats their first post-season tournament title since 1982.
Led by senior guard Rhyne Howard, Kentucky knocked out three top-20 opponents on their way to their tournament championships. The team’s Twitter account had the perfect goodnight story for those who slept on the Wildcats during the tournament.