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By CHN Staff

January 1st, 2006

 

College Basketball: Best Moments of 2005

 

In all honesty, every year of college basketball is a great one, and 2005 was no different.  Below, CHN writers list their favorite moments of the past calendar year. Tomorrow we'll discuss what we'd like to see happen in 2006.

 

Jeff Borzello

 

Favorite Moments: The upsets in the NCAA Tournament--Bucknell over Kansas, UW-Milwaukee making it to the Sweet 16 (mainly because I predicted it).

 

The main MOMENT, however, would be Denham Brown winning the Maui Invitational for Connecticut, or the Sean Dockery halfcourt shot for Duke.

 

Matthew Braine

 

My favorite moment was during a Hofstra vs. St. John's game in Hofstra Arena.  In what was featured on ESPN's top plays, Hofstra guard Loren Stokes was presumably beat, having the ball stolen from him by a St. John's player.  However, with the game tight, Stokes shifted the momentum back into Hofstra's hands by hustling back and blocking the layup against the backboard with great tenacity, surging the win into Hofstra's hands. 

 

Michael Dugan

 

Illinois' comeback against Arizona in last year's tourney

 

Jeff Fox

 

Favorite moment was J.J. Redick's 41 point performance versus Texas this season.

 

Raphielle Johnson

 

My favorite moment in college basketball the past year was...regional semifinal/ final weekend, March 24th-27th. It was arguably the best weekend in the history of college basketball.

 

Ed Matisik

 

Bucknell upsets Kansas.

 

Shane Sharp

 

The Kentucky/MSU regional final, and Patrick Sparks "little three-pointer that could" in the end of regulation.

 

Shawn Siegel

 

My favorite moment of the past year had to be when CHN was visited by a whopping 39,188 people on the day of the NBA Draft.  On the court, it had to be the epic Gonzaga/Michigabn State game out in Maui.  Morrison's 43 was obviously awesome, but Ager's 7 three's was equally impressive.  The team's even shot a sparkling 53 of 57 from the line (93%).

 

Adam Stanco

 

It was all everyone wanted before the start of the 2005 NCAA Tournament... The two best teams in college basketball meeting for a national title.

Who wouldn't want a plethora of NBA talent on both sides of a national championship game? Dee Brown, Deron Williams, Luther Head, Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants, and Sean May. Even Marvin Williams, the lottery pick who didn't even start.

And after Illinois and UNC survived the scares and snaked through the bracket, they faced each other in fantastic game for all the Final Four marbles.

Yet, despite the anticipation and the talent and the huge stage, somehow the clash between the Illini and Tar Heels was second-best.

Adam Morrison's performance against Michigan State in the Maui Invitational was practically perfect. In a gym known for dehydrating anyone who enters, the shaggy, gangly kid put forth an awesome display of desire and determination.

43 points worth of sweat.

The offensive explosion immediately boosted Morrison to NCAA royalty. The game was special and Morrison's charisma was the main reason why.

Twenty years from now, I'll fainly remember the 2005 National Championship, but I'll always smile at the sparkling memory of Adam Morrison's brilliance in a tiny Hawaiian gym.

 

 

 

 

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