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Twitter reactions to No. 1 Wisconsin’s win over previously undefeated No. 1 Kentucky

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As one would expect, Saturday’s national semifinal between No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 1 Kentucky garnered a lot of attention across the country. The Wildcats entered the game 38-0, two wins away from a 40-0 mark that had never been reached in Division I men’s college basketball, and John Calipari’s team was seen as the prohibitive favorite heading into the Final Four.

On the other side of the equation was No. 1 Wisconsin, which entered the game with a 35-3 record and had its mind set on avenging a one-point loss to the Wildcats in last year’s Final Four. The Badgers got the job done, winning 71-64 to advance to the national title game where they’ll play No. 1 Duke Monday night.

Below are some Twitter reactions to the outcome, beginning with former Badger Mike Bruesewitz.

And the win will be a lucrative one for the Wisconsin coaching staff:

Frank Martin one of many coaches revealing 9/11 memories on twitter

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One of the things that we often forget when watching celebrities and sports stars on TV is that once the camera shuts off and the final buzzer sounds, those people revert back to being, well, regular people.

Moms and dads. Sons and daughters. Friends and Frienemies.

Today is the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and like so many people across our country, some of the biggest names in the coaching business took to twitter to share their memories of a day that is seared in the mind of everyone that lived through it:

But no one delivered as passioned a remembrance as South Carolina head coach Frank Martin:

How do social media networks affect the way we consume college sports?

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Check out Twitter during any major college sporting event and you’re bound to see that most trending topics have something to do with the game, even changing minute to minute, depending on what’s going on.

So how did we get here?

An infographic from breaks down all of the madness, from where we consume our information to how much time we spend, to who we follow most.

The most interesting stat from the survey: 83% of respondents use Twitter while watching a game on TV. It has become the virtual arena of the 21st century. No longer do you have to be sitting next to your buddy on the couch or at the game to experience the same kind of trash-talking and analysis. That’s what Twitter is for.

Another large percentage, 61% use Twitter while browsing sports websites. Keeping up with the conversation on Twitter helps to direct searches and browsing, especially with message boards and forums. As soon as information is tweeted out, it usually doesn’t take long for it to pop up on a message board somewhere. During the summer recruiting period for college basketball, that is pretty common.

To check out the entire infographic, click here. Click on the image to zoom.

And while we’re talking about social media, follow the entire CBT team: @MikeMillerNBC … @RobDauster …. @Raphiellej …. @DanielJMartin_ … @TroyMachir

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Supporting Kendall Marshall, #PassFir5t catches Twitter fire

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If there is one theme that has emerged in the era of social media, it’s that it can be a breeding ground for solidarity.

After Kendall Marshall’s wrist injury against Creighton, the latest hashtag wildfire has caught on.

Introducing “#PassFir5t,” a craze started by an anonymous North Carolina fan to show that Tar Heel Nation is behind Marshall as he recovers. Here’s how it goes:

Take your right wrist, the one Marshall injured, write Marshall’s number (5) on the wrist, snap a photo, post it on Twitter, tag it with the hashtag “#PassFir5t”.


A quick Twitter search of the hashtag shows people of all ages taking part in the phenomenon, from toddlers to college-aged kids to grown adults. There’s even a photoshopped photo of Dean Smith with the “5” written on his wrist.

This is the lighter and more prevalent side of the North Carolina fanbase, after a week plagued by unflattering press about the reaction of some Tar Heel fans to the hard foul by Creighton’s Ethan Wragge that injured Marshall.

As for an update on Marshall, he tweeted yesterday that his cast is off, following a corrective surgery on Monday, and his father has said that his son could play on Friday against Ohio in the Sweet 16.

If he can play, the Tar Heels national championship hopes will be brightened, after the cloud of gloom that settled over many fans after his injury was announced. He most likely won’t be 100%, but a Kendall Marshall at 75% is still a better option than most point guards in the country.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

(h/t @BillVoth and Spiracle Media for the find)

UNC: Twitter, Facebook no place to mess around

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Following North Carolina players like John Henson, Dexter Strickland or Harrison Barnes on Twitter? You’re not the only one.

Coaches and school administrators will be monitoring players’ tweets this season in accordance with a new policy in the student athlete handbook, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. For that, you can thank Tar Heels defensive end Marvin Austin (he posted more than 2,400 updates before his account was closed down), though pretty much every school plays Big Brother when it comes to what their athletes put online.

From the handbook: “each team must identify at least one coach or administrator who is responsible for having access to and regularly monitor the content of team members’ social networking sites and postings.”

If anything seems out of line, it’ll be gone and the athlete could be too. That includes “disrespectful comments” and derogatory language; comments that constitute a credible emotional or physical threat; and photos that depict unlawful abuse, hazing, harassment, discrimination, drug possession or use, and any other illegal conduct, according to the paper.

Um, whoa. Have they seen what’s on Twitter and Facebook? School officials and coaches could be pretty busy this year.

Mike Miller’s also on Twitter @BeyndArcMMiller, usually talkin’ hoops. Click here for more.