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Sports Illustrated Makes a List of Memorable 2012 College Hoops Moments

Believe it or not, most of civilization is actually going to make it to see 2013, and more surprising, it’s coming in only nine days.  I have no idea where the year has gone, but I guess seeing a year go by too quickly is like losing socks in the dryer: you don’t know how it happens every time, it just does.

So to commemorate the end of the year, Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis put together a list of his favorite, most memorable moments from all the college basketball played in 2012, and sure enough, Kentucky made the list at Number …

Hold on, I know it’s here somewhere, just let me find it.  Let me check in the sidebar here…  See, there’s Western Kentucky mentioned, and Murray State mentioned, and Austin Rivers got a shout…  Am I just overlooking this somewhere?

Ho. Ly. Crap.  Mr. Davis, apparently, didn’t think that anything the 2012 Champions did was really memorable enough to merit mentioning in his end-of-the-worldyear recap.  So, in all benevolence, I decided to help Seth out and jog his memory regarding some of the best, most memorable moments, of the last year, Cats-Style.  Maybe he’ll remember them once he reads about them again:

1) Emergence of a Star – Anthony Davis was billed as the best college player in a decade coming into the season, and didn’t disappoint.  Earning a championship, PoY awards, the number one draft pick, and Olympic gold apparently are quite forgettable.  In fact, I’m sure even Anthony doesn’t remember half that stuff, right?  But that one shot that Austin Rivers made, boy I’m sure he can’t forget that.  Probably because Austin talks about it all the time on the team bus.

2) Tournament of Destiny – There could have been no more clandestine draw for the Wildcats’ tournament run last March, which saw UK face off against rivals in Indiana, Kansas, and Louisville.  Even the opening game against Western Kentucky smacked of the sort of friendly rivalry that close neighbors often exude.  The only thing that could have made it better is if the tournament committee had put Duke as the 2-seed in the same bracket to make sure they played each other in the Elite 8.  Oh, they did?  But Duke lost in the first game before they were able to play Kentucky?  Well, at least we got to trample the Hoosiers, Cards, and Jayhawks en route to a title.  I’m sure somebody around here remembers those games.

3) Cal’s First Title – Coach Cal’s first championship was more than a championship for him, it was a victory for his entire philosophy.  That seems overly hyperbolic, but it isn’t.  His school of thought, getting talent over experience and doing the best you can with the time they have, was long eschewed by national media types as being too unreliable, too “flash-in-the-pan,” to ever mete out any real post-season success.  One trophy later, and everybody’s jumping on the Coach Cal “players first” bandwagon.  And by “everybody” I really mean Tom Crean.

So, Mr. Davis, I’m not sure if you suffer from short-term memory loss like Guy Pearce in Memento (if so I’d love to see your tattoos), but clearly I think there were at least a couple things that were worth mentioning.  You obviously don’t have to enjoy those things as much as BBN did, being an unbiased media member and all, but how can you not consider those things memorable?

Article written by Corey Nichols

21 Comments for Sports Illustrated Makes a List of Memorable 2012 College Hoops Moments

  1. Ethan1523
    7:13 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Not to mentions ADs last secong block to seal the game against North Carolina.

  2. Seth Davis' teacher
    8:06 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Seth is a turd

  3. Walden Schmidt
    8:22 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink


  4. Sethmolestschickens
    8:22 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    1. First overall #1 seed to win it all in a while.

    2. Top 2 players in draft from one team

    3. Battle of top two player of the year candidates in NCAA final

    4. Hated rivals in final 4 matchup.

    5. Undefeated in SEC regular season

    6. Freshman PG winning National title

    7. Final Four MVP with 4 pts in final game

    8. 6 players drafted

    9. Three goggles

    10. Duke losing to Lehigh

  5. idealistJAM
    8:29 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    To be fair, the article does say HIS favorite memories.

  6. Jessdogky
    8:29 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    We need him to “explain” a few things on the radio. Soon.

  7. Crackerhillbilly
    8:31 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    And anyone in BBN gives a plague-infested rat’s ass what that Pukie has to say? Why even give him cyber-time?

  8. John Ellis
    8:33 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    When you read histories of college basketball – going back decades too – it is remarkable how relatively little UK is mentioned, except when absolutely necessary. New York sports media is still ticked off at Rupp for events in 1951. And the West Coast media glorifies UCLA of course, in spite of Wooden being known as either the greatest cheater in the history of the game or the greatest beneficiary of cheating, depending on your level of charity. It’s not unlike how UK fans of course treat Tubby’s memory, given that the win over Duke in 1998 won a H/L poll as the greatest win in UK history (with good reason). So we aren’t without sin, but.

  9. Big Blue Mike
    8:43 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Seth Davis is an idiot.

  10. MHFaulkner
    8:54 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    To be fair – this article is pretty awful. It doesn’t say much about anything – no other powerhouses are mentioned. I don’t think Seth watches much basketball.

  11. mike
    8:55 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, his dad is a douche too.

  12. Cowboy
    9:02 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I did not even give Davis the benefit of clicking the link. His opinion and thoughts matter zero to me.

  13. geographical_curiosity
    9:07 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve never understood the eastern media love affair with John Wooden. JW was an Ind. native, played at Purdue, and his coaching success was at UCLA. the only east coast tie I recall was Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was from NYC, but that was from the 60’s. The LA Times uncovered the Sam Gilbert involvement with that program, not the NY Times. Is there such a thing a journalistic envy?

  14. Aaron
    9:21 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    It must have been really memorable for Murray State to reach the sweet 16 since they lost to Marquette in a warm up act at the Yum Center to the UK-Iowa State game in the round of 32.

  15. Blueswade
    9:29 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lest we forget….
    one of the most memorable items from 2012 NCAA basketball ….Seth Davis is a huge D-B!
    If you forget, he will find a way to remind us.

  16. Secret Spy
    9:57 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    How does clandestine work in that context?

  17. BlueTexan
    11:06 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    F__ck him!

  18. Will Jacobs
    11:17 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I hate to be the one to bring it up, but the Christian Watford shot didn’t make the list either? You look for the 4 best images of the season, UK is in 3 of them. Giving credit where credit is due, I would include the Watford and Rivers buzzer-beaters. But then you have to include the Davis block against UNC, and the obligatory confetti-huddle picture at the championship game. With an honorable mention going to Anthony Davis throwing the ball into the rafters after the final four game yelling “This is my stage/shit!”

  19. Carl
    1:07 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    Seth needs to learn to be more like Jay Bilas. Jay is proof that going to Duke doesn’t mean you have to be an ass-hole the rest of your life.

  20. BurnerTurner5
    11:39 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    You are right about that #10.