With 2012 on its way out, some NCAA basketball luminaries will be sorry to see it go, but others…not so much. From players to coaches to entire conferences, the year has brought some severe highs and lows to the college hoops scene.
One of the most unexpected winners has been the Mountain West Conference. For most of the calendar year, the league has held the unaccustomed honor of placing three teams in the Top 25, and it currently boasts one of the five remaining undefeated squads in the nation.
Here is a closer look at the MWC’s banner year and the rest of the most striking ups and downs in the year that was in college hoops.