A few days ago, UCLA men’s basketball Instagram account published this photo of Bruin basketball players TJ Leaf and Ike Anigbogu challenging a shot by Stanford’s Marcus Allen. It included a caption that reads, “Doubtful that we’d need video replay to conclude that this shot (probably) got blocked... #GoBruins #BlockParty”
The best part of the post is that the caption starts out super confident, but towards the end it begins to hedge a little bit against the claim. This sort of attitude makes it doubtful to question why LaVar Ball loves UCLA Hoops and why his sons are (probably) going there.
The resulting half-hearted braggadocio of that Instagram post led to Stanford basketball to respond via their Twitter.
Doubtful that UCLA’s Instagram account should be making judgment calls on basketball action shots.
Indeed, the UCLA conclusion that the Marcus Allen drive ended with a blocked shot by TJ Leaf or Ike Anigbogu was incorrect. In fact, the Bruin defensive effort didn’t even alter Allen’s shot. He made the bucket. #GoStanford #GetBuckets
UCLA did record 7 blocked shots against the Cardinal in this game. Just not on this play featured in the boasting Instagram.
In a world plagued by Steve Harvey, Hillary, La La Land, and Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl victories, UCLA’s hoops social media department and the 4,000+ Instagram likers should have known better.