The first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament took off on a high. We have surprising results coming from all directions and expect more in the coming days. With that, let’s take a look at some of the crazy reactions that took over social media and hit the trending list on Twitter.
Top 10 Crazy Reactions to First Round of the 2022 March Madness Tournament
Shaheen Holloway coached circles around John Calipari. I love it!!! Don’t @ me and Carry on… #MarchMadness— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 18, 2022
Kentucky has a packed squad. It was a tall order for Saint Peter’s to get one past the college basketball giants if we’re being honest. However, head coach Shaheen Holloway was locked in that night. The scoreline was tight in the first and the second half, but it was the Peacocks who found more pace in overtime, outsourcing the favorites 14-8. The game ended 85-79 to send home the Kentucky Wildcats.
From a sports psychology perspective, I really hope this #Duke squad has been able to watch a few games today, especially the Kentucky game.— Rick Heidrick (@rheidrick24) March 18, 2022
There are no great teams, everybody can be beaten, and these mid-majors will bring it. Better show up!!! #MarchMadness
With the series of surprising results on the first day of the NCAA tournament, avid sports fan Rick Heidrick put out a reminder that even the biggest teams out there can be beaten. It’s all about handling pressure and consistency at this stage of the season.
You won’t ever see a bigger upset in the history of the tournament. Forget seeding (which is stunning enough) but I’d bet multiple Kentucky players have larger NIL deals than St. Peter’s entire men’s basketball budget.
You won’t ever see a bigger upset in the history of the tournament.— Kevin Connors (@kevconnorsespn) March 18, 2022
Forget seeding (which is stunning enough) but I’d bet multiple Kentucky players have larger NIL deals than St. Peter’s entire men’s basketball budget.
Absolutely incredible. 🦚🏀❤️ #MarchMadness
ESPN television journalist Kevin Connors is just one of the hundreds of thousands surprised by the result between Kentucky and St. Peter. If you’re not familiar with the term NIL, it stands for name, image, likeness, and is something players can profit from depending on state laws. Ultimately, this magnifies how big of an advantage Kentucky holds over St Peter’s on paper.
Man Kenny Payne gets hired as the new coach and UK loses in the same day 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/SPX3pBoRJk— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 18, 2022
Donovan Mitchell is on cloud nine right now after Kenny Payne arrived in Louisville to coach the Cardinals men’s basketball team in 2022. On top of that, it’s safe to say that the Utah Jazz guard is happy with Kentucky’s early exit in the NCAA tournament.
FINAL: Behind a dazzling 37-point performance from Teddy Allen, New Mexico State upsets UConn 70-63. First #MarchMadness win for the Aggies since 1993, but hasn’t officially happened since 1970. Made for March. Big celebration here from Mario Moccia here. pic.twitter.com/BM8K9y2TFp— Colin Deaver (@ColinDeaverTV) March 18, 2022
Sports anchor and reporter Colin Deaver highlights Teddy Allen’s performance in the first round. Allen was responsible for completing the upset win after a 37-point performance to go with six rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes. Furthermore, this marks the Aggies’ first March Madness win in almost three decades.
The worst part about the first round of #MarchMadness is how officials refuse to call fouls just to get the games over with, get four in a day. Don’t tell me it doesn’t happen. I’ve been watching too long.— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) March 18, 2022
Controversy will always be a part of any sporting event, and sporting news college basketball writer and NCAA brackets analyst Michael DeCourcy did not hold back from his frustrations in the first round. DeCourcy called out bad referee calls this time.
😂😂 F my bracket https://t.co/94Un8cHaKD— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) March 18, 2022
I think everyone feels for Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young when he tweeted this. Everyone expected Kentucky to breeze by the first round but unexpectedly hit a speed bump in the form of Saint Peter’s.
Freshmen Trey Alexander had an outstanding game for Creighton. 18 points and 5 assist. He stepped up the big time in overtime. Remember how impressive he was during his high school career as a former top 100 prospect. @BluejayMBB https://t.co/ncvLX1XWvU #MarchMadness— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) March 18, 2022
Another impressive showcase coming out of the first round was Trey Alexander’s 18-point and five-assist performance against the San Diego State Aztecs. The Creighton Bluejays couldn’t get the Aztecs off their backs in regulation time. Thankfully, Alexander showed up in overtime and helped his side seal the three-point victory, ending the game 72-69.
What part of "you have to make shots to win in the NCAA tournament" does Iowa not understand— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) March 17, 2022
A former walk-on basketball player at Ohio State Mark Titus was frustrated at Iowa’s early exit in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawkeyes entered the second half with a one-point deficit. It was a close game until the dying minutes of the game, but the side picked the worst of times to have an off-shooting night. The Richmond Spiders sealed the deal with a 67-63 underdog victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Goodnight.— Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey) March 18, 2022
Philadelphia 76ers player Tyrese Maxey says it all in one word. Although he never specifically referred to Kentucky vs. Saint Peter’s game, we can all take a hint knowing that his former team has been booted out of the tournament in the first round.
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