Twitter tears: BYU edged out by North Carolina in national poll championship bout
The Cougars held a narrow lead throughout before a late run on votes gave the championship narrowly to the Tar Heels for best college basketball fans in the country.
In yet another wildly popular Twitter poll, BYU was edged out in the championship round by North Carolina. This one involved voting for the best college basketball fans set forth by Fox College Hoops, with the Cougars and Tar Heels weaving through a field of 64 to meet up in the championship round.
BYU held a slight lead throughout most of the voting before a late run by North Carolina secured the championship:
THE TAR HEELS ARE OFFICIALLY THE BEST FANS IN BASKETBALL!@UNC_Basketball wins our FOX Sports Ultimate Fan Bracket! #FOXFanVote pic.twitter.com/xZrOR6v0pV— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 27, 2020
It’s hard to assign exact meaning to the results of a Twitter poll, considering the high probability of bots purchased to lend votes. But, if nothing else, BYU’s prowess in generating votes certainly indicates a highly-engaged and passionate fanbase few schools can compare with.
It’s something that caught the notice of recent BYU men’s basketball transfer Matt Haarms, who added a message of encouragement to the BYU faithful during voting,
A special message from the newest @byubasketball player, Matt Haarms 😈#FOXFanVote #TogetherWeRise https://t.co/bg0xqIVTuu pic.twitter.com/6xBXjqB2oC— The ROC (@byuROC) April 26, 2020
As for the ROC, the name of the official student fan section, it created one of the better campaign videos you’ll see:
Cougar Nation... ASSEMBLE— The ROC (@byuROC) April 27, 2020
LET'S TAKE THOSE TAR HEELS DOWN!!
Vote below ⬇️#TogetherWeRise pic.twitter.com/h8AJQsoVR1
As always, several of BYU’s most notable alumni chimed in with hopes of influencing the final outcome. Among those were Utah Senator Mitt Romney and BYU basketball legend Jimmer Fredette.
Let’s get this win BYU nation! Vote now! https://t.co/46g3Reum5B— Jimmer Fredette (@jimmerfredette) April 27, 2020
As always, BYU football staff member Jack Damuni was highly involved throughout, posting several videos on twitter.
FINAL 15 MINUTE PUSH!!!— #IamJackDamuni 🇫🇯 (@JackDamuni) April 27, 2020
THIS IS IT GANG VOTE RETWEET VOTE!!!
LESSGOOO COUGS!!!https://t.co/9nVPy7Eh5C pic.twitter.com/Yi9ayYljmg