Terps Throw Down ‘Running Man Challenge' to Basketball Teams

The college basketball season is over but the dance-off has just begun.

University of Maryland men's basketball players Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens are being credited with issuing a "running man challenge" that has college basketball players across the country posting videos of their moves.

The dance-off appears to have begun late last month, when Brantley posted an Instagram video of he and Nickens dancing to the 1996 Ghost Town DJ's hit "My Boo."

In the video posted March 31, the Terrapins guards shuffle with balled fists, staying straight-faced the whole time.


"Uh huh, I like that," a man can be heard saying in the video. "That will get you a lot of money. That will get you paid right there!"

Then Brantley threw down the gauntlet on April 13. "Who wanna battle??????" he wrote.


In the following days, the Terps players published videos of them doing the dance -- which is a far cry from the running man of the '80s -- in the middle of a street, after popping out from under a blanket and after getting off a phone call and dancing with a "Fear the Turtle" sign.


Players at Virginia Tech, Villanova University and University of Miami all accepted the challenge.


Brantley and Nickens did not immediately respond to an email about the origin of the move.

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