March 13, 2016
2000-01 — Sophomores Drew Gooden (15.8 ppg), Nick Collison (14 ppg) and Kirk Hinrich (11.5) joined senior Kenny Gregory (15.6 ppg) to lead the Jayhawks to a 26-7 record and No. 4 seed in the Big Dance. But after easy victories over Cal-State Northridge and Syracuse in Dayton, Ohio, the Jayhawks were knocked out by top-seeded Illinois, which was led by future Kansas head coach Bill Self. The young Jayhawks were beat up by the more physical and veteran Illini squad and the disappointment of that loss paved the way for back-to-back Final Fours in the next two seasons.