The 2011-12 college basketball season, in photos
The college basketball season goes by too quickly. The games flow into one another, there’s always news breaking, stories to read and stuff to track.
But just like that, the 2011-12 season is done. Kentucky took its eighth title and the Baylor women put the finishing touches on an historic 40-0 season.
So why not relive the best moments of the season? Here, presented for your pleasure, are the top photos of the college basketball season.
(For those seeking nothing but NCAA tournament action, try this slideshow. There are roughly 400 photos in there. For those reading this via your SportsTalk phone app, better email it to yourself. These’ll look better on a big screen.)
Connecticut sophomore Roscoe Smith goes airborne during for the Huskies at Midnight Madness. (Jessica Hill/AP)
Pyrotechnics at the Breslin Center for Michigan State’s Midnight Madness event. (Al Goldis/AP)
Baylor freshman Quincy Miller has some fun during the school’s Midnight Madness festivities. (Photo credit: Tony Gutierrez /AP)
The amazing setting for the Carrier Classic, the game’s unofficial opener between North Carolina and Michigan State on Nov. 11 in San Diego. There were dozens of amazing shots from this game. (Harry How/Getty Images)
Another great shot. Click here for more. (Harry How/Getty Images)
This dunk by UConn’s Jeremy Lamb over Columbia’s Mark Cisco was the early leader for “wow” image of the season. (AP photo)
Arizona junior Kevin Parrom was shot in the leg less than a month before practices began. When he was healthy enough to play, he got a huge hug from assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson on Nov. 13. (Wily Low/AP)
When Duke coach passed legendary coach -- and mentor -- Bob Knight on the all-time wins list with No. 903, it called for a nice moment between friends. More photos from that night are here. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Kentucky’s Anthony Davis blocks a potential game-winning shot by North Carolina’s John Henson during the Wildcats’ thrilling 73-72 win on Dec. 3 in Chapel Hill. It was THE moment of the early season until ... (Robert Willett/AP)
Indiana stunned Kentucky -- one of two losses the champs suffered this season -- thanks to Christian Watford’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Fans reacted accordingly. (Brian Spurlock/US Presswire)
It wasn’t all fun and games. The off-court scandal affecting longtime Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine was the biggest non-game story of the year. (Kevin Rivoli/AP)
It wasn’t much fun for head coach Jim Boeheim, either. This was a typical press conference after Fine was fired. (Kevin Rivoli/AP)
Then there was the Cincinnati-Xavier brawl, the ugliest moment during the season. Yancy Gates’ fist summed it all up in one image. (Al Behrman/AP)
Days after UNLV stunned North Carolina, Wichita State delivered a knockout blow to the Rebels. (Jeff Tuttle/AP)
Former Maryland coach Gary Williams is honored by the school with his name on the court. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Dick Vitale got the court named after him at Detroit. Not bad for his only college coaching stop. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Jay-Z, Kentucky fan. He was on hand for the first Kentucky-Louisville game on New Year’s Eve. (James Crisp/AP)
Kansas’ Eljiah Johnson goes airborne vs. Towson.
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan still can’t believe the Badgers lost to Michigan State. (AP)
Where is Mason Plumlee gonna land? (Grant Halvorsen/Getty)
I think opponents often thought Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne had this many arms. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Georgia Tech’s Kammeon Holsey dives for a loose ball. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Kansas’ Travis Releford didn’t hurt himself on this play. That’s just a reaction to a foul being called on him. (Jamie Squire/Getty)
Mike Moser is a rebounding stud for UNLV. This is not him. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Who says Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger can’t get up? (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Illinois guard Brandon Paul provided the Illini’s highlight of the season when he poured in 43 vs. Ohio State. (Heather Colt/AP)
Florida State trounced North Carolina by 33 points on Jan. 15. That was an ill omen for the Heels. (Steve Cannon/AP)
This was a typical sight for teams playing Kentucky this season. (John Sommers II/Reuters)
Yep, that’s Denard Robinson celebrating Michigan’s wild win against Michigan State. (Carlos Osorio/AP)
Duke freshman Austin Rivers after Michael Snaer’s buzzer-beating 3-point saved Florida State. (Grant Halverson/Getty)
Who didn’t love Murray State’s 23-0 start to the season? (John Wright/AP)
It wasn’t all bad for Syracuse. Boeheim did pass Dean Smith on the all-time wins list.
Georgia State coach Ron Hunter in his fifth annual barefoot game in support of Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that provides shoes for underprivileged children in over 62 countries around the world. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Austin Rivers. Dagger. (Jim R. Bounds/AP)
Kendall Marshall can’t believe Rivers hit that shot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty)
What did Wichita State’s Garrett Stutz do to that rim? (Jeff Tuttle/AP)
Purdue would really like for Draymond Green to miss that free throw. (Getty)
Jack Blankenship. The face. The poster. The legend. (Photo via the Birmingham News)
Missouri, Kansas State. This one’s just lovely. (Getty)
Duke’s Miles Plumlee goes in for the kill. (Streeter Lecka/Getty)
Mega-Kansas fan Jason Sudeikis took flame Olivia Wilde to a game at Allen Fieldhouse. I like his style. (Jamie Squire/Getty)
Hey look! It’s Rob Lowe! Was Peyton Manning nearby? (Lance King/Getty)
UConn coach Jim Calhoun missed games due to health reasons. He assumes a Big Brother presence during a game against Syracuse. (Jessica Hill/AP)
Travis Releford celebrates a miraculous comeback against Missouri. (Orlin Wagner/AP)
This block by Michigan State’s Adreian Payne on Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger just looks painful. (Leon Halip/Getty)
Seton Hall’s Jordan Theodore soars against Providence during the Big East tournament. (Chris Trotman/Getty)
Illinois coach Bruce Walker walks in front of his bench late. Nebraska won 80-57. (Dave Weaver/AP)
Roy Williams, workin’ it for his Heels during the ACC tournament. (Getty)
This is the agony Nebraska basketball fans face. (Eric Francis/Getty)
This was the last time things didn’t go Kentucky’s way. (Getty)
Kim English celebrates Missouri’s last win of the season. (Ed Zurga/Getty)
Another season, another year Northwestern misses the NCAA tournament. (Kiichiro Sato/AP)
Anthony Davis’ impact off the court.
Rob Brandenberg celebrates VCU’s CAA tournament title. (Steve Helber/AP)
President Obama gave British Prime Minister David Cameron a taste of March Madness. (Jim Watson/Getty)
Yancy Gates. (Jamie Squire/Getty)
Kyle O’Quinn moments after helping Norfolk State make history against 2-seed Missouri.
Duke’s Austin Rivers, right, goes up for a shot against Lehigh’s B.J. Bailey. Another 2 seed, out. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)
Florida State’s Bernard James gets into St. Bonaventure defenders. (Mark Humphrey / AP)
Ohio coach John Groce, center, slaps hands with guard Ricardo Johnson after the Bobcats’ win. (Mark Humphrey / AP)
Bring the Payne. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
The moment North Carolina’s title prospects changed. (Chris Keane/Reuters)
C.J. Leslie does something few people did during the Big Dance -- dunk over Jeff Withey. (Sarah Conard / Reuters)
Indiana guard Victor Oladipo gets past Kentucky forward Terrence Jones. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)
Anthony Davis, dominator. (Chris Steppig / AP)
That’s national title No. 8 for Kentucky. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)
This is Brittney Griner’s world. We’re just living in it. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
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