The best photos from the 2012-13 college basketball season

An instant classic taken after Louisville's quarterfinal win in the Big East tourney. (Chane Behanan)

I've pared and narrowed and slimmed this down as best I could. What remains are the best photos from college hoops this season, at least in my humble estimation. Trimming this to fewer than 30 shots was fun and torturous; there's just too many good photogs working the sidelines these days. It's a good problem.

So, enjoy. I'm trying to string out the season's end as long as possible. No major American sport's offseason is as long as college basketball's. The withdrawal has already well begun. Let's glance back at five months, through photos.

And, for a longer view, here are the best from November, December, January, March and April. Due to a friggin' computer crash in late February, I lost all the photos from our shortest month.

Until next season, here goes.

Ramstein U.S. Air Force Base, in Germany, on Nov. 10, when UConn played Michigan State. Let's do this kind of thing again. (Michael Probst/AP)

Easily one of the year's best. 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. (Gregory Bull/AP)

Marquette and Ohio State never got to play, due to dew. What a disaster this one was. Just look at this scene. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Love this one of John Calipari during player introductions of Kentucky's game against Morehead State. (Mark Zerof/USATSI)

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

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

After his death, Utah honored Rick Majerus, with a chair courtside, draped with one of his cream sweaters. (Steve Griffin/Salt Lake Tribune)

The scene after Jim Boeheim became the second-winningest coach in men's history. (Nate Shron/Getty Images)

Ryan Boatright in a moment of silence, honoring those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. (Fred Beckham/AP)

Three-dimensional bigheads changed the game. I remain confused and mesmerized. (Isaac Brekken/AP)

The Shaka Crouch! Few coaches are as lissome and active on the sideline as Smart. (VCU Athletics)

Tennessee AD Dave Hart, left, stands with Pat Summitt, her mom, Hazel Head, and future daughter-in-law, AnDe Ragsdale, as a banner in Summitt's honor was raised. (Wade Payne/AP)

This is just sweet. Creighton's fractal geography-like mid-game huddle. (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Great shot of Phog Allen during Kansas' Jan. 6 game vs. Temple. See the sun hitting the fans? (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

College hoops had a blackout of its own, in January at the Tad Pad in Mississippi. (Nelson Chenault/USATSI)

Mike Krzyzewski goes after Roger Ayers after a T was called on Rasheed Sulaimon. (Chuck Liddy/Getty Images)

Tom Crean embraces an emotional Victor Oladipo after IU won at Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Roy Williams and grandson, 18-month-old Court Williams, after UNC beat Maryland in the ACC semis. (Ethan Hyman/Getty Images)

Marshall Henderson and his landshark celebration should return next season. (John Bazemore/AP)

Ben McLemore huffs into the net to prevent himself from flying through it. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sherwood Brown embraces the FGCU fans after beating Georgetown. I love the Coast Guard flags. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The biggest shot taken and made in the 2013 NCAAs. Trey Burke, for the tie. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Celebrate angry, Gregg Marshall. You made the Final Four. (Richard Mackson/USATSI)

Photography is supposed to provide accurate depiction. Never more so than here, Harvard band. (George Frey/AP)

The photog, Darron Cummings, should win an award for this one. Kevin Ware and the team after the gruesome fall. (Darron Cummings/AP)

An incredible shot of the block here, Trey Burke rejecting Peyton Siva -- and getting called for a foul. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Trey Burke is caught in the streams of celebration for Louisville as he makes his way off the floor. (Curtis Compton/AP)
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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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