By now, nearly has everyone has seen it: UConn nails a three-pointer and the Husky bench busts out its now-viral celebratory dance.
"At first, I was just doing it when [Niels Giffey] hit a three," Samuel said. "But then the games started becoming more intense, so I just do it any time anyone hits a three. It helps keep the bench pumped and motivating the team."
Even with Samuel seeing more minutes on the court recently, the sweeping has continued. The Huskies will bring their signature dance moves to Texas on Saturday when they face Florida in a national semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.
"It is definitely original, unique," UConn senior Shabazz Napier said. "It has definitely taken control of our fan base."
And it is quite simple, according to Samuel — put three fingers out, swing the arms, sweep the floor.
"It is a great thing to keep them involved in the game," said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. "It makes them ready when their number is called."
After the Huskies punched their ticket to the Final Four, YouTube videos showed the student body Three-Sweeping in a frenzied circle, surrounding two police officers. Samuel and the Huskies hadn't even stepped off the bus from Madison Square Garden before their phones started buzzing with the news of their dance moves.
"A lot of my friends sent the video to me like, 'You're going viral, bro, you created a trend,'" said Samuel. "I'm just like, wow, that's crazy."
The players on the court are loving the Three-Sweep as much as the fans.
"It helps us when we hear our teammates on the bench talking, being amped and excited," DeAndre Daniels said. "That's what we've been doing great this year — the team chemistry is amazing."
Ollie noted on Tuesday afternoon before the Huskies boarded their plane for Texas that it was important to remember to have fun, embracing the Three-Sweep even if it wasn't his style when he was an NBA player.
"I was playing five or 10 minutes so I didn't have time to celebrate," Ollie said. "I had to pick up 94 feet. I did my celebration before the game — always tried to have a handshake with the guys. Me and [Kevin Durant] had a special handshake, same with LeBron [James]. I did mine before the game."
Napier saw the video of fans outside Gampel doing the Three-Sweep after the win over Michigan State.
"I thought it was really, really cool," Napier said. "It is just something they thought about doing — just like the Lamb Shake. Once [Jeremy] Lamb did his shake, everyone wanted to Lamb Shake. It definitely is cool."
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