From mega-hires (Kentucky) to major disasters (Binghamton), from the salacious (Louisville) to the silly (the dunk LeBron didn't want you to see), things haven't exactly been dull in college basketball since the last strains of "One Shining Moment" faded in Detroit.
But finally it's time to be rid of the melodrama and make way for the real drama: namely, the race for the Final Four in Indy. The season is no longer on the brink. It's here.
No better time to look at what's hot and what's not.
Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.