March 13, 2016
1997-98 — For the third consecutive season, Paul Pierce (20.4) and Raef LaFrentz (19.8) led the Jayhawks in scoring, but for the third year in a row, the highly favored Jayhawks were bounced from the tournament in heartbreaking fashion. Entering the tournament with two All-Americans and at 34-3 overall, top-seeded KU drubbed Prairie View A&M 110-52 in the opener before falling to No. 8 seed Rhode Island 80-75 in Round 2. LaFrentz graduated and Pierce left a year early, ending one of the best three-year stretches in KU history.