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College basketball's December: in photos

Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:30 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 4:38 pm
By Matt Norlander

Here they are, some of the best stories captured through picture in the final month of 2011.

Carmelo Anthony attends Florida-Syracuse and reminds most in attendance that he is their God. (US PRESSWIRE)

Well, well ... who's that misunderstood rapscallion with the tan jacket and laptop cracked open? Looks like an earnest, eager young fella just dying to ask Jim Boeheim if he's sorry. (AP/Kevin Rivoli)

Jim Boeheim is sorry: confirmed. (US PRESSWIRE)

Anthony Davis blocks John Henson to give UK a win over UNC. Davis' home planet has still not been disclosed by Kentucky sports infromation. (AP/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

Jae Crowder, right, and Vander Blue celebrate defeating the Washington Huskies during the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic on Dec. 6. It was a great game.
(Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Kevin Dillard implores grumpy man at scorer's table for massage. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Kansas players high five the crowd after the Jayhawks defeated Ohio State on Dec. 10.  (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Just an unbelievable photo. I've heard the Jayhawk can be hired to creep out exes who can't let go. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas Jayhawk fans cheer at Allen Fieldhouse. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Elon's Kevin Blake gets perpendicular. (Elon athletics)

Billy Donovan's face really tells the story of pride that comes with winning the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Indiana's Victor Oladipo goes in for a dunk  against Stetson. Love the arm jolting into the frame. (AP/Darron Cummings)

Dick Vitale thanks the heavens Digger Phelps left him alone on Dec. 5, when he was honored at the University of Detroit.
(AP/Carlos Osorio)

Vitale is shown with some of his players during an unveiling of a basketball court in his honor at Calihan Hall.
(AP/Carlos Osorio)

Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates, right, punches Xavier guard Landen Amos. What shot. (AP/Al Behrman)

Kenny Frease gets out of the scrum while Cincy and Xavier players continue to disgrace the sport. (US PRESSWIRE)

Frease is unexplainably triumphant. Xavier coach Chris Mack looks unapprovingly in the background. (Frank Victores/US PRESSWIRE)

The split second after Christian Watford's shot fell through at the buzzer, giving IU what was then thought to be an incredible upset. We've since learned Indiana will be winning the 2012 national title. (US PRESSWIRE)

If I were an Indiana fan, I get thee to Kinko's and blow this up to three feet by six feet. Then I frame it. (Brian Spurlock/US PRESSWIRE)

Watford (2) celebrates with teammates, from left, Will Sheehey, Verdell Jones III and Victor Oladipo. (AP/Darron Cummings)

How can I not take advantage of a good fish-eye shot? (US PRESSWIRE)

Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III stands by his niece, Jania Hope Moten-Griffin during a ceremony honoring Griffin at halftime of the Bethune-Cookman game. I hope the Bears draft RG3. (AP/Tony Gutierrez)

Missouri's Phil Pressey gets his fingers above a coral of others, saving the ball in the process. Meanwhile, Bill Simmons doppelganger continues to call game on radio. (AP/L.G. Patterson)

OH MY GOD JEFF WITHEY WILL KILL A M-----------. (Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World)

Thomas Robinson puts one up for two; Long Beach State's Edis Dervisevic simultaneously remembers he locked his keys in his car. (Nick Krug/Lawrence Journal-World)

Now we know how Mike Hopkins (left), Baye Keita (middle) and Jim Boeheim would react when placed in front of a Dallas Cowboys game on television.

Kevin Stallings reacts to hearing that Gary Parrish thinks highly of his team

Like last March, Kentucky beats North Carolina.

Ryan Boatright spots the pep band member who just won't stop staring him down

Tu Holloway: tortured soul, gangsta.

Xavier's Mark Lyons and Purdue's Lewis Jackson fight like toy soldiers while going after the orange
. (Getty Images)

Somebody help out Sean Miller here. This is getting awkward

How can you love this?

How can you not love THIS!

You can spend five minutes analyzing the reaction shots from Oral Roberts' win after the most unlikely buzzer-beater of the season.


"Seriously, man? We're trying to watch a game here." The guy in the brown jacket, to the right, wins this photo. In second is everyone else pictured completely ignoring the 200-pound body entering their lives. In last place is Phil Martelli, not pictured, who still hasn't released Todd O'Brien to play at UAB.

Without photogs, we miss out on things like this

I'm a huge sucker for photos that look like paintings. I'd love this one framed

Jeffery Taylor, no one will ever take a better picture of you playing basketball

Ryan Willen can't will the ball from going out of bounds

John Calipari is caught in mid-thought, presumably remembering how DeMarcus Cousins aged him four years

I now know more about Jeremy Lamb than I ever wanted. (Kim Klement/US PRESSWIRE)

No snark here. Enjoy it while you can, kid

Rick Barnes will resemble RoboCop by Selection Sunday

That's levitation, Holmes. Sam Thompson dunks against Indiana on New Year's Eve.
(Brian Spurlock/US PRESSWIRE)

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