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College basketball's January: In photos

Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 10:02 am
By Matt Norlander

Like most of you, I'm a sucker for good photography. For the past couple of years, I've done best-of-the-year photo posts at the end of each season. But I wanted to get more frequent with my appreciation for the faceless photogs that do tremendous work all season long.

These men and women truly have the best seat in all of sports; they're as close to the action without actually taking part in it. This season, just after each month ends, we've been sharing best 40 or so shots from the previous 28, 30 or 31 days. If you'd like to give November and December's best pictures a peek, go ahead.

Now, January's best.

Jeremy Lamb and the impending doom for the rim. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

I'm confused. Does Memphis use two mascots? Or is the tiger in the circle just Wesley Witherspoon messing around? (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Georgia State coach Ron Hunter coaches 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)

Fortunately, the photographer was able to fit every fan attending this Duke game into the shot. This never could have happened in 1994. (Lance King/Getty Images)

Michael Dixon, left, Matt Pressey, center, and Phil Pressey head out to play Texas. Nice shot. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A cheerleader of the Baylor Bears performs during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Ferrell Center. (Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

Mason Plumlee parachutes back to earth, ready to land on Wake Forest. Seth Curry has already started thinking about how he can turn the ball over. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

An Indiana Hoosiers player is reflected in the floor during player introductions before their game against Nebraska. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

This is what Nebraskans look like. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Damn, Phil Pressey really knows how to leave a locker room. Play on, player. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The defining image of Thomas Robinson's Kansas career. (Kansas City Star)

Looked so good, we had to show the opposite angle. Should be required wall-decoration for every Kansas freshman for years to come. (Peter G. Aiken/US PRESSWIRE)

Troy's Justin Wright takes a shot over Louisiana Monroe guard Fred Brown. Something about the small gym, the lighting, the peak of the shot. Really like this one. (Thomas Graning/The (Troy) Messenger)

Would you rather have the NCAA breathing down your neck or Jim Calhoun literally doing it? (AP/Fred Beckham). 

Iowa State guard Scott Christopherson, left, just goes with the moment. Chris Allen is ready to share his exuberance with anyone and everyone. Christopherson's look says, Dude, this is great and all, but, Tic-Tac? (AP/Charlie Neibergall)

Navy guard Erin Meador turns her head into a basketball. This feel like art. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Murray State Rrrray-sirs! (The Paducah Sun/John Wright)

Austin Rivers leads a tortured life. (AP/Gerry Broome)

Like flowers being beckoned by the sun, hands rise up and chase the orange. Might be my favorite shot of the month. (AP/Jeffrey Phelps)

The capital G in cursive is truly the most cumbersome letter. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Old man ref advises OD Anosike to get his act together and stop listening to Lady Gaga. (US PRESSWIRE)

Kids at games. The best. (US PRESSWIRE)

Man, I'd love a pair of those shoes. (US PRESSWIRE)

Who says newspapers are dead! Much respect to the guy in front here who's very invested in some piece of piercing journalism.(US PRESSWIRE)

John Henson's dunkface. (US PRESSWIRE)

Remember that time Brandon Paul played out of his mind and then blocked a potential game-winning shot from Jared Sullinger? (US PRESSWIRE)

Akron forward Nikola Cvetinovic forgets something on the way to two points. (Andrew Weber/US PRESSWIRE)

Xavier forward Jeff Robinson demoralizes Duquesne's Kadeem Pantophlet. (Frank Victores/US PRESSWIRE)

That's Davidson's Belk Arena blurred in the background. (US PRESSWIRE)

You could practically push a shopping cart underneath the Purdue cheerleaders. (US PRESSWIRE)

Love The Show out at San Diego State. Legen -- wait for it -- ... dary. (US PRESSWIRE)

Urban Meyer and his Sith lords begin their reign in Columbus, introduce themselves to the hoi polloi. (Greg Bartram/US PRESSWIRE)

Shaka Smart reacts. (US PRESSWIRE)

Santa Barbara Gauchos guard Orlando Johnson is fouled by Long Beach State's Casper Ware. The Big West's two best collide. (Kelvin Kuo/US PRESSWIRE)

Vandy's players give love to their fans after a win. (US PRESSWIRE)

Take the next three minutes to examine the reaction of everyone in this picture. (US PRESSWIRE)

Tom Izzo gets win No. 400, and his players surprise him in the presser. Tom Izzo remains to be among the best. (US PRESSWIRE)

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 6:11 am

College basketball's January: In photos

Dude, you take whining to a whole nother level!  Sealed

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:27 pm

College basketball's January: In photos

I've wondered where the coverage for Syracuse has been on the Constant BS network (CBS).  I know where it's been for Kentucky.  They don't believe in Kentucky at the Constant BS network.  They only exist in flyover country.  That's kinda like Never Never Land for the bozos at the Constant BS network. 

Norlander is a punk beyond belief.  He deserves the butt kicking he's going to get someday.  I won't do it but I'll sure laugh when it happens.

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:21 pm

College basketball's January: In photos

Way to go Norlander.  Another predictable exhibition of bias, bias, bias.  Ever hear of a team called "Kentucky"?  Obiously not.  I know you enjoy rubbing it in the face of UK fans.  Don't worry.  We all know you're the biggest ass kisser in the free world.  You've made your point.  I don't know what I should expect from CBS, the Constant BS network.  I do know how to send emails to advertisers.  Let's see.  What happened to that "Real Beverly Hillbillys" tv show the Constant BS network had planned???  I know.  The people who buy things told the companies that sell things that if they advertised on that show they would lose them as customers forever.  Boycott?  No there's a word I'm sure you're familiar with.

Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:18 am

College basketball's January: In photos

What a great collection for the month.  brilliant photos.   It's too bad there is not one photo of the Syracuse.  Kentucky as well, I hate to say.  These were the best two teams in the month yet not one shot.  Duke stole the spotlight again with 3 maybe 4 diplays.   Was photo count based on the amount of losses in the month?   go Big East!   go Cuse!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:11 am

College basketball's January: In photos

Just a note--Thomas Graning (Troy Messenger), photographer of the pic of the Troy game is a high school senior (Charles Henderson High School).  Great work, as usual, Thomas!

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 4:53 pm

College basketball's January: In photos

I'll give you this, Norlander, you are indeed a sucker. That, and Wesley Witherspoon is gonna kick your ass the next time he sees you, so you better sleep with one eye open. Good pics.

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