…to, this being the Internet,
“For the second week in a row, each player has provided us with his favorite emoji,” ESPN play-by-play man Dan Shulman said as he introduced Maryland’s lineup before Saturday’s game at Michigan State. “Robert Carter Jr., he’s just in love with playing college basketball. He’s in love with being a Terp.”
Carter’s favorite emoji is the Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes. Melo Trimble chose the Slightly Smiling Face. Rasheed Sulaimon went with the ubiquitous 100 emoji. Damonte Dodd and Jake Layman both picked the Smirking Face, which, according to Emojipedia, is “a sly smile, often used with a sexual, or smug connotation. Not to be confused with the unamused face, which has similar eyes, but a displeased mouth.”
In an upset, no one picked the turtle, pizza or poop emoji.
Michigan State’s starters shared their favorite emoji, too.
“I am told, not being an emoji expert, that what Bryn Forbes and Denzel Valentine are saying with that emoji is triumph,” Shulman said. “That emoji’s name is triumph.”
Indeed, the emoji that most resembles the Chicago Bulls’s snorting bull logo is called Face With Look of Triumph. According to Emojipedia, it is “a face with air coming out of its nose, in a proud yet disdainful way. Commonly used for representing frustration at a situation, or being in a huff.”
Speaking of being in a huff, the following emoji are all acceptable ways to describe the heinous, fluorescent green uniforms Michigan State wore and/or Maryland’s rebounding in a 74-65 loss:
The Terps host No. 3 Iowa at Xfinity Center on Thursday. In the spirit of Maryland’s previous emoji-related social media efforts — the whole [Turtle Emoji] > [Emoji That Represents Maryland’s Vanquished Foe] bit — it would be amusing to see something like this on ESPN:
Or five tiny arms.