Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:00 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:27 pm

College basketball's February: in photos

By Matt Norlander

Twenty-nine days gone, here are the best images taken from dedicated photogs around the country. Some are from big moments in big games; others are snapshots that you'd never would have known if not for a quick finger and clean lens. I'm continually grateful that news organizations put a premium on covering games with equal parts dedication to the pen as they do the camera. Enjoy this fantastic work.


The shot that could ultimately decide who gets the final No. 1 seed. Look carefully behind Seth Curry's right arm. See the girl who can't bear to watch Rivers' shot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Celebration, from above. It's like a connect-the-dots to a victory charge. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The dots turn into people from the floor view. Andre Dawkins gets to Austin Rivers first. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

Truman the Tiger pumps up the crowd before the Missouri-Kansas game. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

This monstrous Mike Moser poster is revolutionary, and I hope the NCAA doesn't ban them. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rapper Flavor Flav and his son Karma Drayton at UNLV-San Diego State game. This is a PHOTO. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Aiden Williams is held by grandfather Roy. I desperately want Roy's jacket. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Rick Pitino whipped out the white suit. Or is that ivory? (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I'm goign to assume this isn't brother and sister. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kammeon Holsey provides the most dramatic moment of Georgia Tech's season. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Bugs Bunny ears are the perfect touch. (Lance King/Getty Images)

Mark Turgeon receives the Whitney Houston news. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Rob Lowe is always watching you, even when he's taking a photo of something else. Unnerving. (Lance King/Getty Images)

UNC cheerleader finds a moment to herself. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Fireworks do their job prior to the Kansas-Missouri game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Tom Izzo, left, and Mike Eades engage in a conversation that most likely doesn't go anywhere. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Washington State guard Dexter Kernich-Drew is a shy Tyrannosaur. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Frank Martin spots his reflection in the floor and is startled for the first time in his life. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Frank Martin, I'm so sorry. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Connecticut women's head coach Geno Auriemma matches his background. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Illinois basketball.(AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

It is unclear whether Delaware's Elena Delle Donne passed her most recent physical. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

A brief disagreement. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Missouri guard Michael Dixon regrets. Kansas celebrates. The rivalry is over. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Arkansas' Ky Madden tries to shoot over Auburn's Adrian Forves (45) and Kenny Gabriel (22). Seemed like a good idea at the time. (AP Photo/Todd J. Van Emst)

Bill Self proclaims victory, wins eighth straight Big 12 regular-season title. (US PRESSWIRE)

Duke's Haley Peters pays for the sins of Gerald Henderson. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Miami's Durand Scott celebrates with fans after Miami defeated Florida State 78-62. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Quincy Miller, right, borrows a camera from Waco Tribune Herald photographer Rod Aydelotte, left. One of my favorite shots of the month. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Texas forward Alexis Wangmene gets emotional on Senior Night. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

Someone get the sewing machine. (Greg M. Cooper/US PRESSWIRE)

Love, love, love this shot of Kenny Boynton being defended by Mardracus Wade. His right ankle is taking all the pressure, while his body remains squarely balanced. The left toe is almost perpendicular to the floor, and the ball and shift is on. A terrific capture of a basketball move and body balance. (Beth Hall/US PRESSWIRE)

It's not often we get to see the sole of a player. (US PRESSWIRE)

Tom Crean has enjoyed life. But not as much as that fellow. (US PRESSWIRE)

Please attend the NCAA tournament. (US PRESSWIRE)

Frank Haith knows this year was unexpected and a special one. (US PRESSWIRE)

Shurna face multiplies. (US PRESSWIRE)

A different view of UCLA basketball. That shot looks like it's going to miss. (US PRESSWIRE)

Jeremy Lamb sees UConn's future inside that basketball. (US PRESSWIRE)

Robbie Hummel on Senior Night. I'd get snarky, but Goodman would threaten me again. (US PRESSWIRE)

Anthony Marshall waits out the rush on the scorer's table after UNLV is defeated at Colorado State. (Ryan Greene)

John Shurna, left, and Drew Crawford react after losing to Ohio State on Senior Night. Will the Wildcats' time, their first time, in the NCAAs come this year? (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Of course, last, here's what's considered college basketball's photo of the year. Jack Blankenship turned himself into a 15-second celebrity with this brilliant idea. (The Birmingham News/Hal Yeager)
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:00 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 10:02 am

College basketball's January: In photos

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)
Posted on: January 2, 2012 1:30 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 4:38 pm

College basketball's December: in photos

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)

Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:30 am
Edited on: December 1, 2011 12:21 pm

College basketball's November: in photos

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 -- as close to the action without actually being part of it. So just after each month ends, we're going to post the best 40 or so shots from the previous 28, 30 or 31 days. Here's a mosaic of our sport's November, courtesy of the good people at the Associated Press, Getty Images and US PRESSWIRE.

Email your tips and correspondence to matt.norlander@cbsinteractive.com.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 2:11 pm

The year in photos, part two

Posted by Matt Norlander

From the conference tournaments and beyond, here are 26 of the most poignant shots of NCAA basketball's 2011 postseason.

If you missed it yesterday, here's part one.

March 9, New York: Remember the uproar over the ending or Rutgers-St. John's on that Wednesday afternoon of the Big East tournament? How long ago does that seem? Above, Rutgers coach Mike Rice, argues with Tim Higgins moments before the botched ending. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

March 9, Greeley, Colo.: Northern Colorado forward Chris Kaba (10) celebrates with fans after Northern Colorado defeated Montana 65-60 to win the Big Sky tournament. (Jack Dempsey/AP)


March 10, New York: The celebration after Kemba Walker hit the game-winning shot against Pittsburgh in the Big East tournament quarterfinals, effectively starting the charting of the Huskies' incredible course for the next four weeks. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

March 11, Atlanta: A great shot in the SEC tournament, as Vanderbilt's Festus Ezeli attempts to draw a charge.

March 13, Greensboro, N.C.: Oh ... oh, goodness. Mike Krzyzewski takes a moment to shower his wife with love and lip after Duke won the ACC tournament. (Bob Donnan/US PRESSWIRE)

March 19, Washington, D.C.: The foul that was the second-worst foul in the NCAA tournament. Shelvin Mack fouls Pittsburgh's Gilbert Brown during the third round.  (Brad Mills/US PRESSWIRE)

March 19, Washington, D.C.: Then Pittsburgh's Nasir Robinson fouled Matt Howard after Brown's second free throw miss, and Howard hit the game-winning shots. An ending unlike anything before. (Brad Mills/US PRESSWIRE)

March 17, Denver: Morehead State guard Demonte Harper follows through on the game-winning 3-point basket in the closing seconds of the second half against Louisville. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

March 17, Denver: Morehead State Eagles guard Terrance Hill celebrates. (Andrew Carpenean/US PRESSWIRE)

March 17, Denver: Kenneth Faried preserves Morehead State's upset bid, as he blocks a last-second shot attempt by Louisville guard Mike Marra. All. Ball.(Ed Andrieski/AP)

March 17, Denver: And what a shot this is. Only one other photo got more run than this. You'll know it when you see it below. (Getty Images)

March 17, Tucson, Az.: San Diego State Aztecs forward Malcolm Thomas peers up at his shot. (Chris Morrison/US PRESSWIRE)

March 18, Charlotte, N.C.: Long Island Blackbirds forward Julian Boyd collects himself during his team's second-round game against No. 2 North Carolina. (Andrew Synowiez/US PRESSWIRE)

March 19, Denver: And here's the most memorable shot of the tournament. Sports Illustrated's Robert Beck got the from-the-floor shot of Jimmer Fredette getting up. Cool anecdote: my feet were two inches from this camera for this shot; Beck set up his remote camera right below the press tables.


March 19, Denver: Ah, vanity. What a cool photo, right? That's yours truly in the tan jacket and orange argyle sweater. Clearly it's the only reason this pic's included in this post. I was stationed there trying to get a decent shot of Jimmer bathing in the love from Cougs fans at the Pepsi Center. Also love this shot for the "GOTTLIEB'S BRACKET GOT JIMMERED" poster. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

March 19, Tucson, Az.: Kawhi Leonard gets UP against Temple. Another great from-the-floor shot. (AP)


March 24, Anaheim, Calif.: No one had a good shot of one of Derrick Williams' blocks, so this will have to do.  (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

March 24, New Orleans: Carrot: topped. Wisconsin's Mike Bruesewitz sits by his locker after the loss to Butler in the Sweet 16. (David J. Phillip/AP)

March 26, New Orleans: Florida's Chandler Parsons stands in the hall after overtime of his team's 74-71 loss to Butler in the Elite Eight. The sandals make the photo. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

March 25, Newark, N.J.: Seconds after Brandon Knight hit the game-winning shot to upset No. 1 Ohio State, the players make their way to the handshake line, while John Calipari raises his arms in triumph. (John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

April 2, Houston: Connecticut's Alex Oriakhi and Kentucky's Josh Harrellson dance a beautiful dance in the Final Four. (David J. Phillip/AP)

April 4, Houston: Can't get enough of these shots. Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb uses the pogo stick on a breakaway during the national title game. (Eric Gay/AP)

April 4, Houston: Jeremy Lamb is mauled by Shabazz Napier after the final buzzer of the championship game, arguably the ugliest ultimate tilt in men's college basketball history. (Richard Mackson/US PRESSWIRE)

April 4, Houston: The view from above, as Connecticut holds the championship trophy after winning it all. (David J. Phillip/AP)

April 4, Houston: Kemba Walker holds the trophy and watches "One Shining Moment." (Bob Donnan/US PRESSWIRE)

April 5, Storrs, Conn.: Back on campus, Connecticut guard Kemba Walker, left, cries as teammate Alex Oriakhi, center, and Jeremy Lamb, right, look up as Walker's number is added to the school's honor wall during a pep rally at Gampel Pavilion. (Charles Krupa/AP)

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:26 am
Edited on: April 11, 2011 11:30 am

The year in photos, part one

Posted by Matt Norlander

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)

Jan. 12, Tallahassee, Fla.: Florida State fans rush the court after beating No. 1 Duke 66-61. Top-10 regular-season moment? (Steve Cannon/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)

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 1:52 pm

Final 2011 Photo Journey: Houston

Posted by Matt Norlander

Houston. A fine city, but a massive one. If you tried to walk the perimeter of it, I think it'd take you a solid year, because Houston is practically the size of Missouri.

The Final Four experience in and of itself was a great one. It was my first Final Four, and I thoroughly enjoyed just about everything. Only Friday brought some unbearable humidity (how people live in that city from May to September is beyond me; apparently Houston is the most air-conditioned city in the country), and I even soaked that in. Yes, literally.

Plenty of vets weren't happy with the setup, which I understand. Nothing was close. Everything except for the walk from the media hotel to Reliant Stadium required getting in a vehicle. But no matter to me; just happy to be part of the ride. Once I've got 10 years under my belt, then I earn the right to moan. Until and even then, I'll keep my trap shut, enjoy the opportunity and shoot some photos in between clacking the keyboard. Here's my trip. Hope you enjoyed this pictured-guided commentary on the blog for the past five weeks. I plan on bringing the Journey back next year.

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 5:01 pm

Photo Journey, Vol. 4: Breathtaking Newark

Posted by Matt Norlander

If the Newark edition of the 2011 Photo Journey seems like the most unfulfillable one out of the batch so far, then, well, you've sort of answered your question, haven't you? It is Newark, after all. There is a perma-smell to that place it seems the residents have all but resigned themselves to. We poke fun at Newark because Newark can poke fun at Newark.

The East Regional was the city's Final Four. The local media and event organizers treated it as such. All told, they did a really nice job, except for that whole water-leak-from-the-roof-in-the-med
ia-room-Sunday thing. Ah, just a pleasant reminder of where we all were. I got the most out of what I could. The tough thing: getting the final snapshots of a win, when everyone's rushing to get interviews, and security/other personnel seem to block all possible shots of the happy players. I must've deleted 40 such obstructed pictures.

Enjoy the slideshow, and prepare yourself for what I'm going to bring to you in Houston. Much more photos and videos in an effort to give this thing the finale treatment it deserves.

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