The 2011-12 college basketball season, in photos

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The college basketball season goes by too quickly. The games flow into one another, there’s always news breaking, stories to read and stuff to track.

But just like that, the 2011-12 season is done. Kentucky took its eighth title and the Baylor women put the finishing touches on an historic 40-0 season.

So why not relive the best moments of the season? Here, presented for your pleasure, are the top photos of the college basketball season.

(For those seeking nothing but NCAA tournament action, try this slideshow. There are roughly 400 photos in there. For those reading this via your SportsTalk phone app, better email it to yourself. These’ll look better on a big screen.)

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Connecticut sophomore Roscoe Smith goes airborne during for the Huskies at Midnight Madness. (Jessica Hill/AP)

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Pyrotechnics at the Breslin Center for Michigan State’s Midnight Madness event. (Al Goldis/AP)

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Baylor freshman Quincy Miller has some fun during the school’s Midnight Madness festivities. (Photo credit: Tony Gutierrez /AP)

 

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The amazing setting for the Carrier Classic, the game’s unofficial opener between North Carolina and Michigan State on Nov. 11 in San Diego. There were dozens of amazing shots from this game. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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Another great shot. Click here for more. (Harry How/Getty Images)

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This dunk by UConn’s Jeremy Lamb over Columbia’s Mark Cisco was the early leader for “wow” image of the season. (AP photo)

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Arizona junior Kevin Parrom was shot in the leg less than a month before practices began. When he was healthy enough to play, he got a huge hug from assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson on Nov. 13. (Wily Low/AP)

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When Duke coach passed legendary coach — and mentor — Bob Knight on the all-time wins list with No. 903, it called for a nice moment between friends. More photos from that night are here. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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Kentucky’s Anthony Davis blocks a potential game-winning shot by North Carolina’s John Henson during the Wildcats’ thrilling 73-72 win  on Dec. 3 in Chapel Hill. It was THE moment of the early season until … (Robert Willett/AP)

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Indiana stunned Kentucky — one of two losses the champs suffered this season — thanks to Christian Watford’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

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Fans reacted accordingly. (Brian Spurlock/US Presswire)

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It wasn’t all fun and games. The off-court scandal affecting longtime Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine was the biggest non-game story of the year. (Kevin Rivoli/AP)

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It wasn’t much fun for head coach Jim Boeheim, either. This was a typical press conference after Fine was fired. (Kevin Rivoli/AP)

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Then there was the Cincinnati-Xavier brawl, the ugliest moment during the season. Yancy Gates’ fist summed it all up in one image. (Al Behrman/AP)

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Days after UNLV stunned North Carolina, Wichita State delivered a knockout blow to the Rebels. (Jeff Tuttle/AP)

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Former Maryland coach Gary Williams is honored by the school with his name on the court. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

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Dick Vitale got the court named after him at Detroit. Not bad for his only college coaching stop. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

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Jay-Z, Kentucky fan. He was on hand for the first Kentucky-Louisville game on New Year’s Eve. (James Crisp/AP)

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Kansas’ Eljiah Johnson goes airborne vs. Towson.

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Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan still can’t believe the Badgers lost to Michigan State. (AP)

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Where is Mason Plumlee gonna land? (Grant Halvorsen/Getty)

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I think opponents often thought Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne had this many arms. (Alex Brandon/AP)

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Georgia Tech’s Kammeon Holsey dives for a loose ball. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Kansas’ Travis Releford didn’t hurt himself on this play. That’s just a reaction to a foul being called on him. (Jamie Squire/Getty)

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Mike Moser is a rebounding stud for UNLV. This is not him. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Who says Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger can’t get up? (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Illinois guard Brandon Paul provided the Illini’s highlight of the season when he poured in 43 vs. Ohio State. (Heather Colt/AP)

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Florida State trounced North Carolina by 33 points on Jan. 15. That was an ill omen for the Heels. (Steve Cannon/AP)

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This was a typical sight for teams playing Kentucky this season. (John Sommers II/Reuters)

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Yep, that’s Denard Robinson celebrating Michigan’s wild win against Michigan State. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

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Duke freshman Austin Rivers after Michael Snaer’s buzzer-beating 3-point saved Florida State. (Grant Halverson/Getty)

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Who didn’t love Murray State’s 23-0 start to the season? (John Wright/AP)

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It wasn’t all bad for Syracuse. Boeheim did pass Dean Smith on the all-time wins list.

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Georgia State coach Ron Hunter in 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)

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Austin Rivers. Dagger. (Jim R. Bounds/AP)

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Kendall Marshall can’t believe Rivers hit that shot. (Streeter Lecka/Getty)

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What did Wichita State’s Garrett Stutz do to that rim? (Jeff Tuttle/AP)

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Purdue would really like for Draymond Green to miss that free throw. (Getty)

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Jack Blankenship. The face. The poster. The legend. (Photo via the Birmingham News)

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Missouri, Kansas State. This one’s just lovely. (Getty)

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Duke’s Miles Plumlee goes in for the kill. (Streeter Lecka/Getty)

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Mega-Kansas fan Jason Sudeikis took flame Olivia Wilde to a game at Allen Fieldhouse. I like his style. (Jamie Squire/Getty)

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Hey look! It’s Rob Lowe! Was Peyton Manning nearby? (Lance King/Getty)

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UConn coach Jim Calhoun missed games due to health reasons. He assumes a Big Brother presence during a game against Syracuse. (Jessica Hill/AP)

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Travis Releford celebrates a miraculous comeback against Missouri. (Orlin Wagner/AP)

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This block by Michigan State’s Adreian Payne on Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger just looks painful. (Leon Halip/Getty)

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Seton Hall’s Jordan Theodore soars against Providence during the Big East tournament. (Chris Trotman/Getty)

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Illinois coach Bruce Walker walks in front of his bench late. Nebraska won 80-57. (Dave Weaver/AP)

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Roy Williams, workin’ it for his Heels during the ACC tournament. (Getty)

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This is the agony Nebraska basketball fans face. (Eric Francis/Getty)

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This was the last time things didn’t go Kentucky’s way. (Getty)

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Kim English celebrates Missouri’s last win of the season. (Ed Zurga/Getty)

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Another season, another year Northwestern misses the NCAA tournament. (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

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Anthony Davis’ impact off the court.

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Rob Brandenberg celebrates VCU’s CAA tournament title. (Steve Helber/AP)

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President Obama gave British Prime Minister David Cameron a taste of March Madness. (Jim Watson/Getty)

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Yancy Gates. (Jamie Squire/Getty)

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Kyle O’Quinn moments after helping Norfolk State make history against 2-seed Missouri.

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Duke’s Austin Rivers, right, goes up for a shot against Lehigh’s B.J. Bailey. Another 2 seed, out. (Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images)

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Florida State’s Bernard James gets into St. Bonaventure defenders. (Mark Humphrey / AP)

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Ohio coach John Groce, center, slaps hands with guard Ricardo Johnson after the Bobcats’ win. (Mark Humphrey / AP)

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Bring the Payne. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

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The moment North Carolina’s title prospects changed. (Chris Keane/Reuters)

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C.J. Leslie does something few people did during the Big Dance — dunk over Jeff Withey. (Sarah Conard / Reuters)

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Indiana guard Victor Oladipo gets past Kentucky forward Terrence Jones. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)
 
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Anthony Davis, dominator. (Chris Steppig / AP)
 
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That’s national title No. 8 for Kentucky. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

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This is Brittney Griner’s world. We’re just living in it. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

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Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

Kentucky’s Tionna Herron recovering from open-heart surgery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot-4 post player learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received other opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior trainer Courtney Jones said in a release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elzy said Herron “is the definition of a warrior” and all are grateful to be on the other side of the player’s surgery. Herron is expected back on campus early next month and will continue rehabilitation until she’s cleared to return to normal activity.

“Her will and determination to eventually return to the court is inspiring, and it’s that `game-on’ attitude that is what makes her such a perfect fit in our program,” Elzy said in a release. “We are so thrilled for Tionna’s return to our locker room; it’s not the same without our full team together.”

Herron committed to Kentucky during last fall’s early signing period, rated as a four-star prospect and a top-70 player in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies

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SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich — Emoni Bates, a former basketball prodigy who transferred to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, was charged with two felonies after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

The 18-year-old Bates failed to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a search turned up the weapon, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the vehicle and the gun didn’t belong to Bates.

“I hope people can reserve judgment and understand there’s a presumption of innocence,” Haney said. “This was not his vehicle. This was not his gun. … We’re still gathering facts, too.”

Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering identification marks on a firearm. He was released after his lawyer entered a not guilty plea. Bates’ next court hearing is Oct. 6.

“This is his first brush with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot-9 Bates transferred to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points a game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of a situation involving one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to gather more details and will have further comment when more information is available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in high school basketball in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Detroit drafted Cunningham No. 1 overall last year, two spots before Cleveland took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago, later de-committed and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, who finished 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed much of the season with a back injury before appearing in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games.

In 2019, as a high school freshman, the slender and skilled guard led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan’s Division 1 Player of the Year by The Associated Press. His sophomore season was cut short by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy as a junior, his final year of high school.

UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for violations, which the NCAA found occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making false claims to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “with cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s transgressions were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers had argued that white coaches, including Hall-of-Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they were planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday they were settling “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of restrictions from the NCAA on becoming a college basketball coach again, is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top prospects who are not attending college for the pros.

Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under coach Adia Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career scoring average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick of the 2021 WNBA draft.