In a year in sports in which real life intruded on the games
all too often, college basketball was the rare exception. Arrested players,
extra benefit scandals and splintering conferences made their share of
headlines like always, but most of 2012's memorable college hoops moments took
place on the court rather than in court.
You want buzzer beaters? Austin
Rivers' game winner over Tyler Zeller will long be a part of Tobacco Road lore.
How about rivalry games? Nobody in Lawrence or Columbia will forget the Border
War ending on a high note with an overtime classic. There were great players
like Anthony Davis and Thomas Robinson, great stories like Murray State's bid
for an unbeaten season and great individual performances like Jack Taylor's
NCAA record 138 points.
All of those were compelling, yet none was quite
significant enough to crack our list of the five biggest college basketball
stories of 2012: – By Jeff Eisenberg