Dazzling dozen moments of 2012-13

There will be many great moments in Championship Week and the NCAA tournament.

We have already had a super 2012-13 college hoops season. Let me lay on you a dazzling dozen moments so far:

1. Louisville-Notre Dame five-overtime thriller
Mike Brey's team walked out of Purcell Pavilion with an incredible victory as Garrick Sherman was the star of stars in extra time.

2. Butler-Gonzaga finish
Two of the best coaches, Mark Few and Brad Stevens, had their ranked teams battling on a special Saturday night. In the end, Butler scored on a Roosevelt Jones game winner at the buzzer. It was improbable as a turnover led to the winning hoop.

3. Ryan Kelly's return
Duke was a different team with Ryan Kelly. He came back and put up 36 points against Miami in a remarkable performance. He was out from Jan. 8 until the amazing performance against the Hurricanes on March 2.

4. Emergence of surprise teams
If you looked at where Georgetown, Miami (Fla.) and Oregon were in the preseason conference prognostications, get out an eraser and think again, baby!

5. Diaper dandies shine again
The Big 12 had a smart choice as its player of the year: Marcus Smart. Ben McLemore had a super season. Shabazz Muhammad lived up to his billing as a PTP'er in the Pac-12.

6. Bill Self earns his 500th career win
That's quite an accomplishment.

7. Nate Wolters puts up 53 points against IPFW
The sharpshooter has punched a ticket to the Big Dance, so he will be on the big stage.

8. Kendall Williams hits 10 of 13 three-pointers against Colorado State
It has been a great year for Steve Alford, and Williams has been a major factor.

9. Saint Louis coming through in honor of the late Rick Majerus
The Billikens broke into the national rankings and have been solid after a slow start. Jim Crews has done a remarkable job.

10. Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Olynyk becoming top-notch PTP'ers
All three have been so vital to the success of their teams.

11. Kentucky bouncing back after the injury loss of Nerlens Noel
The Wildcats beat Missouri and Florida, and that should be enough to get them into the Big Dance.

12. Indiana wins its first outright Big Ten title since 1993
Tom Crean has brought the Hoosiers back into prominence.

Wow, it has been such a special season, and you know there will be magical moments ahead.