The best photos from college basketball's November

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
The Battle 4 Atlantis established itself as the new, worthy rival to Maui this year. (US Presswire)

The time has come again to showcase some of the best shots -- the other kind -- that basketball had to offer in its first month of the season. From Maui to the Bahamas and literally so much in between.

Which ones are your favorites? I actually had to whittle this thing down to nearly 40 shots, trimmed from 60. The best 10 or so will be seen again a few days following the national title game in April, when I'll run the pics-of-the-year post. But here's what we saw in November. Enjoy, and scroll slowly.

The scene from Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base, in Ramstein, Germany, on Nov. 10, when UConn tipped off against MSU. Let's do this kind of thing again. (AP)

Wonder if this will end up being my favorite shot of the year. San Diego State guard Chase Tapley, center, sets to shoot as Syracuse defends on the deck of the USS Midway. This doesn't even look real. (AP)

An aerial view of the Battle On The Midway. Pretty sweet. (Getty Images)

This one was the orangey scene of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic, the game aboard the USS Bataan at Mayport Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., the game between Georgetown and Florida that only made it through a half. (Getty Images)

You can barely make out the silhouette of the serviceman on the left. Great shot. (Getty Images)

Marquette and Ohio State never got to play. What a disaster this one was. Just look at this scene. (Getty Images)

The opening night of the college hoops season in Bloomington, Ind. (Getty Images)

If you wanted the view of Maui from the floor, here's what it was like. (US Presswire)

How great, right? On the night the new Pauley Pavilion opened, there was pretty much a hundred-year difference between the boy on the ground and the image of the man on the plinth. (Getty Images)

Still can't imagine what this conversation was about, but making up a new caption in my head every day has been a nice way to keep the juices flowing. (Getty Images)

Mason Plumlee and Archie Goodwin do the wrong thing to create a right angle. (Getty Images)

Nothing specific about this one, just like that we have it. Those cheerleaders are as brave as any player. (Getty Images)

Mike Rosario, take it from me, this is now how you woo college ladies. Second from the right wins this shot. (US Presswire)

Bobby Cremins and Bill Murray, who has a Franz Joseph mustache because Bill Murray reasons. (US Presswire)

I still don't know the full story behind why Michigan State students do this. (US Presswire)

Love this one of John Calipari during player introductions of Kentucky's game against Morehead State. (US Presswire)

Seal on a basketball court. We're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy with halftime entertainment. (US Presswire)

Cal Poly beats UCLA. If I were on the team, I'd probably get caught reacting like the guy on the far left. (US Presswire)

Tennessee gets shot from behind before its game against Georgetown on Nov. 30. (US Presswire)

Fisheye view of Marquette's pregame huddle out in Maui. (US Presswire)

Tom Izzo shows the world how to lovably fist-pump. (AP)

UNLV mascot Hey Reb prior to the team's season opener on Nov. 12. (AP)

Good one of the game's best swatter, Kansas' Jeff Withey, top left, who nips Ahmad Starks' attempt. (Getty Images)

Rotnei Clarke after he hit that lucky-and-sweet-as-hell game-winner against Marquette. (AP)

Colorado's Andre Roberson treats a couple of Murray State players like bowling pins. (AP)

The Minnesota bench reacts after a Stanford foul as time expires at Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. (AP)

Juvonte Reddic is wrangled and tangled down by Memphis' Ferrakohn Hall. No idea if a foul was called. (AP)

Indiana's Victor Oladipo welcomes it from the fans in the midst of IU's spanking of North Carolina. (AP)

Marcus Georges-Hunt decides the middle of a game is time to try his tumbling-screen technique. (US Presswire)

Kids go nuts near the end of a Syracuse win over Colgate. Half of them will do the same thing, drunk, in these stands approximately 10 years from now. (Getty Images)

Tim Hardaway Jr. celebrates the team's win over Pitt; at right, Nick Stauskas looks ready for takeoff. (Getty Images)

Sam Thompson, this comes with the territory of playing at Duke. But these fans aren't all bad, right? (Getty Images)

Wrong. (US Presswire)

Mason Plumlee goes parallel, arm to arm, with Ohio State's Aaron Craft. Really opportune pic. (AP)

Notre Dame guard Pat Connaughton, right, is congratulated by a fan after the Irish's win over Kentucky. It was that kind of night. Who among us hasn't lost their shirt, donned a Santa cap and hugged strangers? (AP)

Mike Brey, left, and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o get their laughs in. Te'o seems like quite the cool cat. (AP)
 
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