By TERRY LYONS
Fifth in a Series
NEW YORK – The challenge of naming the 2017 “DIGGIES” for NCAA College basketball is not finding 64 worthy Twitter accounts, but in weeding through the hundreds of options for each team preparing for the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, otherwise known as “March Madness.”
In general, there are no fewer than two and as many as a dozen or more “feeds” associated with each team and they are most frequently among the following:
- School account
- Athletic Department account
- Men’s Basketball Team account
- Head Coach account (disappointing results to be seen by clicking HERE)
- Student Newspaper account
- Various media and/or beat-writers’ accounts
- Multiple Fan accounts, registering “above the bar” of interest
To compile the 2017 DIGGIES for March Madness, we’ve sifted through hundreds of the Twitter feeds and many lists previously compiled and have selected the following 68 winners. (Feel free to tweet or post your suggestions to our Twitter or Facebook to note possible oversights or to lobby for your favorite Twitter feeds for next March).
Link to this Story is HERE
Twitter List link is HERE
And, here we go…. Drum Roll – PUHLEEZE.
Our “Play-In” accounts:
@marchmadness – Official account for th tournament, run by the NCAA
@marchmadnesstv – Official account for all television information, provided by partners CBS Sports and Turner Sports
@ESPNCBB – Official account for ESPN’s college basketball coverage
@FinalFour – The official account for this year’s “Road to Phoenix,” the destination for March Madness.
Our “First Round” of 32 great accounts:
@OneShiningMoment – Twitter account for composer David Barrett who gets an entire year’s worth of exposure in a few March weeks every year.
@TheACC – Well, because it’s the ACC.
@CBSSportsCBB – A terrific resource for the entire tourney.
@Coach_Collins – Chris Collins is the coach of Northwestern and he’ll have some journalism students following his official account.
@CDortch – Editor of the College Basketball Blue Ribbon guide.
@BasketballTimes – Longtime bible magazine for college hoops and “Old-Skool” coverage. They need to up the twitter campaign.
@TeamCoachBuzz – Coach Buzz Williams does a nice job, on and off the court.
@TurnerSportsEJ – Official account for studio host extraordinaire Ernie Johnson Jr.
@NCAAwbb – Let’s be sure to give the women’s tourney our love and attention. Some serious hoops being played, for sure.
@NovaMBB – If you’re not following the defending (and possibly the repeat) champions Villanova Wildcats, you’re nowhere.
@DavidWorlock – Account for NCAA Director of Media Coordination and Stats, a media coordinator for March Madness.
@EdGraney – Columnists/reporter for the Las VegasReview-Journal and president of the US Basketball writers, the association for college hoops reporters.
@br_cbb – Bleacher Report does a nice job across all of their sports and college hoops is on the high side of that coverage.
@BIGEASTMBB – The BIG EAST sent its magnificent seven teams to the Dance, so let’s see what they have to say?
@NUMensBBall – Northwestern U made the tourney. Worthy of a follow, right?
@richarddeitsch – SI’s Richard Deitsch covers sports business with a relentless Zone Defense that would make Jim Boeheim proud.
@BillWalton – One of the greatest college basketball players of all-time, tweets his thoughts in a calmer, gentler manner than his on-air persona.
@DaggumRoy – Follow Daggum Roy … Trust us. It’ll make you laugh as long as UNC goes down the Road to the Final Four.
@DailyDoseofHoops – A NY-based account following college hoops.
@UCLAMBB – We’re picking and choosing only a few official MBB accounts, and by doing so, tipping our hand as indicator of bracket picks.
@CoachOtz – South Dakota State’s head coach has a twitter persona like no other coach in the tourney. Give him a shot.
@usabasketball – The official account for USA Basketball keeps an eye on all things hoops. It’s a MUST FOLLOW.
@NABC1927 – Official account of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
@YahooSports – The overall account for all of Yahoo Sports but heavy CBB in the next month
@USBWA – Official account for the college basketball writers.
@jasonrmcintyre – Reporter for The Big Lead, a USA Today affiliate.
@ZO2_ – Lonzo Ball is getting lots of attention, as is his father.
@ZonaZooOfficial – Check it out. It’s the official student section for Arizona and a lead to others of its kind.
@LukeWinn – Senior reporter for Sports Illustrated
@Alexander_wolff – If it’s about college hoops, Alex is our lifeline call. He isn’t a heavy tweeter, though, but should be.
@Rivals – Stay on this account for recruiting news in CBB and NCAAF too.
(We’re happy to assist in the planning!)
Our “Sweet 16” accounts:
@DickieV – What would college hoops coverage be without Dick Vitale? C’mon baby? He’s a prime time tweeter.
@SIPeteThamel – Terrific coverage all year long and it shines at this time of year.
@GreggDoyleStar – Gregg Doyle covers sports for the Indianapolis Star where college hoops is king.
@YahooForde – Pat Forde writes for Yahoo and covers college
@SethOnHoops – Former coach Seth Greenberg has become must watch tv for college hoops fans, so you might as well follow too.
@DukeMBB – Love ’em or hate ’em, Duke is college hoop.
@UKCoachCalipari – Coach Cal’s official account has more followers than all the other tourney coaches COMBINED!
@RealJayWilliams – The “real” Jay Williams does a REAL good job.
@ESPNDanaOneil – College hoops reporter for ESPN, a good one at that.
@MarkelleF – Possibly the “No. 1” pick of the upcoming NBA Draft. Follow along.
@VUCoachJWright – Might be the best coach in the shooting match and Villanova has the banner to prove it from last season (maybe this, too?)
@CoachBillSelf – The Kansas head coach is second to Coach Cal in followers, a mere 1.4 million behind his UK rival. (Where’s Pitino?)
@JeffEisenberg – College basketball writer for Yahoo Sports.
@NicoleAuerbach – USA Today reporter for college basketball.
@DanWetzel – Columnist for Yahoo does an extraordinary job at NCAA MBB tourney.
@TSNMike – Account for longtime Sporting News college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy.
Our “Elite Eight” twitter accounts that deserve special mention:
@adorbalelacey – Lacey’s Legacy – Jay Bilas follows one account. It’s this one and that’s good enough for us. MUST FOLLOW.
@CoachesvsCancer – Official account for the NABC and a truly worthy effort against the terrible disease. MUST FOLLOW.
@JoshHart_3 – The star of the Villanova Wildcats does a nice job with his account.
@GaryParrishCBS – Account of CBS Sports reporter Gary Parrish
@HoopsWeiss – If his nickname is hoops, you better damn well follow his account, right? Let’s just say Dickie Weiss is college basketball and his Philly roots provide reports and perspective for all fans, young and old.
@AdamZagoria – Zags Blog and his reporting for SNY (New York) has provided news and recruiting info to a new generation of college hoops fans.
@si_ncaabb – Sports Illustrated’s official college basketball account.
@SethDavisHoops – TV commentator Seth Davis does a great job of covering college hoops all year for CBS and SI.
Our “Final Four” twitter favorites:
@jaybilas – Official account for former duke player and current tv commentator, for our money, Jay is the best in the business.
@ESPNandykatz – Official account for ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz, who remains in the Final Four if for only getting President Obama to do his “NCAA Brackets” on national television, possibly the coolest bracket selection of all-time.
@GoodmanESPN – Jeff Goodman, the College Basketball Insider for ESPN does as good a job covering collegiate basketball as any reporter covering any sport.
@ESPNLunardi – If you haven’t been following ESPN’s “Bracketologist,” you haven’t been following March Madness.
Honorable mention: @DanMuller Dan Muller of Illinois State, left as a wallflower when the dance cards were issued.
Digital Sports Desk previously has selected our “DIGGIES”
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- “Must Follow NBA Twitter Accounts for NBA All-Star”
- This LIST for the ’17 March Madness Must Follow twitter accounts