5 Favorite B1G Basketball Twitter Feeds

Well, ampoule guys, online it was a rough and tumble opening weekend for two Big Ten teams. Illinois lost its season opener for the first time since 1998 and, even more shockingly, Bo Ryan’s nationally ranked Badgers squad dropped their season opener to Western Illinois.

But both B1G teams bounced back in their second games and are now 1-1. And a lot has already been said about these stumbles. So I decided to do something a little different for y’all this week.

In preparation for this season, I started following all of the B1G basketball teams on Twitter. I’ve been fascinated with sports teams’ Twitter feeds since I started following the Cubs at the beginning of this year. @Cubs has struck up a strong social media presence and doesn’t take itself too seriously, tweeting funny gifs and interacting with its 714k followers while also tweeting news and keeping fans informed. I tip my hat to whoever is running that account, and it inspired this project.

So, without further ado, here are my top five favorite B1G men’s basketball Twitter accounts.

1. Wisconsin: @BadgerMBB
Tweets: 22.4k
Followers: 145k
What’s good: They tweet a good mix of emoji, Vines and gifs along with in-game stats and fun tidbits from the team. The account handled the game one loss with aplomb and is still going strong, just like the Badger team itself. A solid follow.

2. Purdue: @BoilerBall
Tweets: 11.9k
Followers: 28.3k
What’s good: This account is all about the retweets and interacting with followers with just the right amount of snark. Their own written tweets are also entertaining and informative, and they stay active even when it’s not game day. Turns out others agree with me:

3. Indiana: @IndianaMBB
Tweets: 8,043
Followers: 70.7k
What’s good: A lot, but here’s two of my favorite tweets from them so far this season:

And, minutes later, this:

Killin’ it, Indiana.

4. Maryland: @TerrapinHoops
Tweets: 4,846
Followers: 29k
What’s good: Their tweet numbers are nowhere near those of Purdue or Wisconsin, but their game is getting there. I may be giving them extra points for retweeting a Parks and Rec gif, which is one of my personal favorite shows, but hey, that’s the kind of power I have when making my own rankings. This is also an instant classic tweet:

5. Nebraska: @HuskerHoops
Tweets: 15.2k
Followers: 47.1k
What’s good: Choosing this fifth spot was tricky. I ultimately chose Nebraska because they like to use the corn emoji for obvious reasons, and they tweet the koala emoji quite a bit in honor of their Australian player Jack McVeigh. The Huskers also got points on my made-up scale because of how active coach Tim Miles is on Twitter (you can and should follow him @CoachMiles).

The other nine teams are also worth a follow, as my top five is completely arbitrary. I put together a Twitter list to put all the teams in one place for you, check it out here.

Happy following! And happy basketball season!

About the author: Heather Punke. NCAA Basketball Correspondent. Heather is a Chicago transplant by way of Minnesota and Champaign, Ill. Even though she now resides in Wrigleyville, she still cheers for the Twins and the MN Wild, as well as her beloved Fighting Illini and whoever is on her fantasy football team that week. Heather earned a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Illinois and reported on Big Ten athletics during her time there. Now managing editor for a healthcare magazine, she is also a hedgehog owner and a competitive euchre player. You can follow her on Twitter at @hpunke

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