Photos help more than tell the story: they're crucial to shaping how you see it. For the past few years, over at College Hoops Journal, I've done year-end, best-of photo essays. So I brought it over to here, to the CBSSports.com blog. It's lengthy, but I think you'll like the trip down memory lane. Part two will be posted tomorrow.
Oct. 15, Lexington, Ky: Kentucky Wildcats center Enes Kanter walks out as he is introduced at midnight madness at Rupp Arena. If he plays, does Kentucky win the whole thing? (Mark Zerof/US PRESSWIRE)
Nov. 26, 2010, New York City: John Fields (No. 25) celebrates with teammate Tobias Harris, alongside Jordan McRa and Cameron Tatum, after they defeated the Villanova Wildcats during the championship game of the preseason NIT. (Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Nov. 27, 2010, Washington, D.C.: U.S. President Barack Obama with his wife and daughters Malia and Sasha watches a college basketball game at Howard University. Obama attended the game between Howard University and Oregon State, which is coached by his brother-in-law, Craig Robinson. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
Nov. 27, Indianapolis: Evansville's Jordan Jarh (13) and teammate Andy Chinn celebrate their 71-68 win over Butler. (Tom Strattman/AP)
Nov. 27, Atlantic City, N.J.: UTEP's Randy Culpepper soars to the basket during the second half against Michigan. (Mel Evans/AP)
Dec. 5, Washington, D.C.: Temple's Juan Fernandez celebrates after Temple defeated Maryland 64-61. Love this one, as you see Maryland head coach Gary Williams dejected in the background. (Luis M. Alvarez/AP)
Dec. 9, Cincinnati: Xavier head coach Chris Mack reacts at the end of the game against the Butler Bulldogs at the Cintas Center. Xavier defeated Butler 51-49. (Frank Victores/US PRESSWIRE)
Dec 14, Knoxville, Tenn.: Oakland Golden Grizzlies forward Will Hudson leaves the court after an upset win over Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Golden Grizzlies beat the Volunteers 89-82. (Don McPeak/US PRESSWIRE)
Dec. 18, Seattle: Matthew Bryan-Amaning snags a board against San Francisco. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
Dec. 18, Lawrence, Ks.: Simpler times, as Josh Selby reacts after hitting a game-winning three-pointer against USC. Selby would never become the player many expected him to be. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Dec. 21, Hartford, Conn.: Maya Moore goes up for a layup against Florida State. Heading into the game, Connecticut needed one win to set the NCAA record for consecutive wins by a college basketball team. (Jessica Hill/AP)
Dec. 23, Honolulu: Renado Sidney, far left, and Elgin Bailey, far right, both teammates with the Mississippi State basketball team fight in the stands before the start of the Utah/Hawaii basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic. (Eugene Tanner/AP)
Dec. 29, Greensboro, N.C.: A Duke Blue Devils fan who looks way, way, way too much like Jon Scheyer holds up a sign signifying Duke's head coach Mike Krzyzewski becoming the second all-time winningest Division I college basketball coach at 880 wins. Pretty sure that's Scheyer. (Peyton Williams/Getty Images)
Dec. 31, Manhattan, Ks.: Curtis Kelly (left) and Jacob Pullen (right) of the Kansas State Wildcats watch the game from the bench in light of their suspensions. (Peter G. Aiken/Kansas State/Getty Images)
Jan. 2, Durham, N.C.: Days after receiving a new cast for his right toe, Duke's Kyrie Irving watches his team warm-up prior the Miami game. (Sara D. Davis/AP)
Jan. 8, Athens, Ga.: Basketball fans duck for cover as Georgia Bulldogs forward Jeremy Price dives into the stands for a loose ball in the second half against Kentucky. (John Bazemore/AP)
Jan. 11, East Lansing, Mi.: Michigan State's Korie Lucious celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Wisconsin that would tie the score at 53 and send the game into overtime. Michigan State won 64-61. Lucious would eventually be kicked off the team later in the season. (Al Goldis/AP)
My accompanying teaser for the FSU upset. This groundbreaking, hard-hitting analysis. Hey, I write the stories, not the headlines.
Jan. 13, Eugene, Ore.: Cirque de Soleil was kind enough to stop by for the unveiling of Matthew Knight Arena. (US PRESSWIRE)
Jan. 15, Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State fans display their mask of Ohio State coach Thad Matta as Matta, right, walks to the bench before a game against Penn State. One of my favorites from this season. (Terry Gilliam/AP)
Jan. 27, Provo, Utah: The moment Jimmer became an icon. Kirk Morrison of the Jacksonville Jaguars took this photo on his phone. I argue it's the photo of the year. My post on this game can be read here.
And the reverse angle. (George Frey/AP)
Jan. 26, Stillwater, Okla.: A banner is raised, remembering those lost in a tragic plane crash 10 years ago.
Jan. 26, Stillwater, Okla: The atrium at Gallagher-Iba the night of the memorial ceremonies. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Jan. 27, Washington, D.C.: The most heartbreaking photo of the year. Kansas' Thomas Robinson with his sister, Jayla, attending the funeral of their mother. (AP)
Jan. 29, Lincoln, Neb.: Nebraska fans storm the court their 75-48 win over Texas A&M. (Dave Weaver/AP)
Feb. 9, Indianapolis: Bloody Matt Howard. (Screen-grab via Tim Burke)
Feb. 28, South Bend, Ind.: Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Ben Hansbrough (23) shoots as Corey Stokes defends in the first half at the Purcell Pavilion. The multitidue of Digger is what makes the photo. (Matt Cashore/US PRESSWIRE)