I think I've waited long enough that I can post this now.
It's taken me a while to get around to tournament GIFs for a number of reasons, some NCAA-related and some not, but I finally made it through the Houston and Texas A&M games. (As per blog policy, there was no Montana game. It's just a figment of your imagination.) It'll take me a bit longer to get around to Florida State and Loyola Chicago, but I'll get to those too.
One thing I apparently won't get to: a supercut of three-pointers against Texas A&M, as this is what happened when I attempted to put that together with my normally unfailing GIF software:
In the words of the Texas twitter account: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
[Hit THE JUMP for every conceivable angle of the Poole Party, CJ Baird Tha Gawd, and much more.]
15. Temporary Depair
We can appreciate this pitch-perfect Charles Matthews reaction GIF co-starring Isaiah Livers now that we know the outcome.
14. Bag of Tricks
When it's going well, it's going well.
13. Jordan Poole's And-One Dance
We're gonna really have to savor the five minutes a game this dude is on the bench next year.
12. Moe's Relationship With Refs, Summarized
What's German for "the f*** did I do?"
11. Exclamation Point
This game was so fun I completely forgot this happened.
Bulldog defeates manbun.
9. Basketball Nirvana/Game Summary
You, me, and everyone else during the A&M game.
8. Masterful Camerawork
Almost zoomed too close to the sun, but instead the cameraperson absolutely nailed this.
7. Get The Flop Out
In slow motion:
The original angle critically includes Zavier Simpson's spot-on reaction:
6. NOT THE PLAN
This looks pretty ordinary until you see the Houston assistant coach who clearly gameplanned for this exact situation to no avail. Then you can't stop watching him.
5. Showtime x2
Running back on defense before the ball goes in is some extreme Golden State shit and I'm 100% here for it:
This play was in that vein as well:
That whole game, really.
4. BIG COUNTRY PANDEMONIUM
The replay angle is fun:
The broadcast is better because you can see Moe Wagner leap off the stationary bike and leave the bench area altogether:
Somehow this was only the second-best garbage time moment from this game.
MAAR's arm going up is the deflating raptor tail of this new version of the SPORTS gif.
2. CJ BAIRD THA GAWD
Replay with twitter avatar for life:
The bench losing its collective mind:
Somehow this was not the best moment of Michigan's NCAA Tournament.
FRAMES OF THE GAMES: POOLE PARTY
ALL THE ANGLES, PLEASE.
THANK YOU, JORDAN POOLE.
A NOTE ON DOWNLOADING GFYCATS
I've noticed a few comments about the low quality of some gifs when you download from the gfycat page. I found a workaround.
1. If you click any of the honorable mention links, you'll go right to the page you need. If you click on the gfycat embeds, they take you to a slightly different page, so you'll need to change the URL from gfycat.com/gifs/detail/[gif name] to gfycat.com/[gif name].
2. Click on the settings button in the lower right corner to bring up a number of options. This lets you set the quality of the gfycat, toy with the playback speed (highly recommended), play it in reverse, and download GIF versions. You'll want to hit "open large GIF format" because the small ones are of essentially unusable quality.
3. I haven't figured out a rhyme or reason to this, but sometimes that's all you need to do and sometimes that link just takes you back to the original gfycat. If the "open large GIF format" URL is thumbs.gfycat.com/[gif name]-max-14mb.gif, you're good to go.
4. The URL may just be gfycat.com/[gif name], however. If that's the case, simply copy and paste the gif name (the random three-word combination in the URL) and use the correct URL (thumbs.gfycat.com/[gif name]-max-14mb.gif) instead. Now you should be able to load the GIF, right-click, and save.