#MarchMadness: 2013 Social Media Guide

The selections have been made, seeds argued and now it is simply time to get down to the hoops. The action begins tomorrow with the “play-in” games or what the NCAA likes to call the first round. In reviewing various articles on March Madness last night and today, I came across an NCAA seed listing from CBS Sports. Seeing where every NCAA tournament team ranked, 1-68, is sure to provide fodder for fans across the country. What it did for me, however, was spark an idea. 

The last Twitter Guide I did was for the Daytona 500. Listing the drivers’ start positions, Twitter lists and follower numbers, my Twitter Guide proved to be a popular resource before, during and after the race. 

With the NCAA Tournament though, I wanted to “step up my game” (sorry, basketball on the brain). Rather than just a Twitter Guide, I wanted to encompass as much social media as I could into this resource. Whether it is the Twitter handles/follower numbers or links to other social media sites (Facebook, Instagram/Statigram, Pinterest, Google+ or team websites), this represents the most comprehensive social media list that I have ever done.  

In compiling this list, I began at every team’s official website. Being the most accurate way to find what I was looking for, it still proved to be a challenge. As you might imagine, social media accounts were not organized in similar ways. “Social Media” links were either organized under their repsective “FAN” tabs or “Multimedia” tabs. Given I know what to look for, I can only imagine what a fan does when searching for the social media information. Even when finding what I was looking for, a few schools had ‘bad links’ to their YouTube or Facebook accounts. Others, provided no actual “social media” information page. It became a matter of Google Search at that point. Not ideal.  

The bigger schools tended to have more variety of social media accounts available. Where there is no YouTube account for some big schools, they do have their own All-Access channels. I chose not to provide links. 

Twitter accounts are either team or school. A few schools use a coach or assistant coach’s Twitter account. I only chose to use one coach’s account (Cincinnati) as the official handle.

In addition, if the school did not provide an “official” YouTube, Instagram, Google+ or other social media account on their website, I did not include that link. I wanted to make this list as accurate as possible. That being said, if you have the link to an “official” account that is not listed, please let me know in the comment section. 

 The list is organized by school ranking, Twitter handle, follower numbers and additional social media links.

1. Louisville

@UofLSports 25,399 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, Ptch

2. Kansas

 @KU_Hoops 43,265 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

3. Indiana

@IndianaMBB 29,396 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubePinterestGoogle+, TumblrFlickr

4. Gonzaga

@ZagMBB 5,606 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

5. Miami (FL)

@CanesHoops 9,242 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagram (Statigram), Google+

6. Duke

@Duke_MBB (28,904 followers) or @dukeblueplanet (76,434 followers)

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagramGoogle+

7. Georgetown

@GeorgetownHoops 7,906 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, Google+

8. Ohio State

@OhioStateHoops 19,397 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeGoogle+

9. New Mexico

@UNMLobos 12,578 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

10. Florida

@GatorZoneMBK 13,637 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, Google+

11. Michigan State

@MSU_Basketball 41,725 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubePinterest

12. Marquette

@MarquetteMBB 2,078 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubePinterestGoogle+

13. Michigan

@umichbball 45,350 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebookYouTubePinterestFoursquare

14. Kansas State

@kstatesports 31,118 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

15. Saint Louis

@SaintLouisMBB 3,379 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

16. Syracuse

@Cuse 23,985 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

17. Oklahoma State

@OSUMBB 7,735 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeFlickrSoundCloud

18. UNLV

@UNLVAthletics 10,845 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

19. Wisconsin

@BadgerMBB 12,126 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubePinterestFlickr

20. VCU

@VCUAthletics 7,056 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

21. Arizona

@AZATHLETICS 19,052 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubePinterestGoogle+

22. Butler

@BUTLERMBB 14,357 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

23. Memphis

@UofMTigersHoops 26,628 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagramPinterest,

Google+TumblrFoursquare, Tout

24. UCLA

@UCLAMBB 6,177 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

25. Creighton

@BluejayMBB 5,852 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

26. San Diego State

@GoAztecs 9,562 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeGoogle+

27. Notre Dame

@NDMBB 8,061 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube,  Google+

28. Illinois

@IlliniHoops 21,123 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, Pinterest,  Instagram

29. North Carolina

@UNC_Basketball 122,246 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeTumblr

30. Colorado State

@CSUMensBball 5,637 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

31. Pittsburgh

@HailToPittHoops 2,314 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

32. North Carolina State

@PackMensBball 20,529 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubePinterest

33. Missouri

@MizzouHoops 22,004 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

34. Temple

@TUMBBHoops 2,379 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

35. Wichita State

@GoShockers 5,014 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

36. Colorado

@CUBuffsMBB 6,123 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

37. Cincinnati

@CoachCroninUC 10,959 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

38. Villanova

@Novaathletics 6,184 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagram,foursquare

39. Iowa St.

@CycloneMBB 13,982 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

40. Oklahoma

@SoonerHoops 7,369 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagramPinterest

41. Minnesota

@GopherBBall 8,715 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagramPinterest

42. California

@CalMensBball 3,631 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagram

43. Oregon

@OregonMBB 8,726 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube,

InstagramPinterest, Google+

44. Belmont

@BelmontMBB 3,834 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebookYouTube

45. Boise St

@BroncoSportsMBB 1,522 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

46. Saint Mary’s (CA)

@smcgaels 4,631 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

47. Ole Miss

@OleMissMBB 7,404 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

48. Bucknell

@bucknellhoops 793 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

49. La Salle

@GoExplorers_com 2,490 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

50. Middle Tennessee State

@MT_MBB 1,363 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

51. Akron

@ZipsMBB 2,920 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube,

InstagramPinterest, Google+

52. New Mexico State

@NMStateAggies 2,716 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

53. South Dakota State

@SDSU_Jacks 5,567 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

54. Montana

@UMGRIZZLIES_bb 1,677 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

55. Davidson

@DavidsonWildcat 3,577 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeGoogle+

56. Valparaiso

@valpoathletics 1,598 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

57. Northwestern St

@nsudemons 2,059 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

58. Harvard

@hoopsatharvard 2,064 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

59. FGCU

@FGCU_MBB 1,014 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTubeInstagram (Statigram)

60. Pacific

@PacificMensBB 336 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube,  Instagram

61. Iona

@ICGaels 3,489 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

62. Albany (NY)

@ualbanysports 2,611 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

63. Western Kentucky

@wkusports 6,242 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

64. Southern

@JaguarHoops 295 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

65. LIU Brooklyn

@LIUBasketball 1,529 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

66. James Madison

@JMUDukesHoops 557 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

67. North Carolina A&T

@NCATAGGIES 2,029 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook

68. Liberty

@libertyflames 5,051 followers

OFFICIAL WEBSITEFacebook, YouTube

ADDED: Jonathan Gandolf put together a unique list and bracket for each school but using their hashtags. Hat tip to Tariq Ahmad for tweeting this out today. Yet another way to track the action in social media.

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CadChica Sports

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