Top-seeded Kansas closed another successful season with a tough loss to Villanova, 64-59, in the Elite Eight on Saturday night at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
The second-seeded Wildcats led by seven at halftime and momentarily trailed by five on a couple of occasions in the second half, before regaining control and racing to victory.
Kansas, which actually outdid Nova in many statistical categories, certainly had its chances to claim the victory, but the combination of tough play from the Wildcats and a few shortcomings by the Jayhawks made this a victory belonging to Villanova.
Kansas finished its season with a 33-5 record. Here's a look back at some of the final key sequences in KU's last game.
With tears and sadness filling the faces of a few teammates around him, Kansas University junior Landen Lucas sat in a chair in the corner of the Kansas locker room and tried to explain how KU came up short during Saturday's Elite Eight loss to Villanova.
Lucas, who finished up a fantastic individual run with another double-digit rebounding effort (12 boards, 6 points) was asked about Villanova's defense, Perry Ellis' struggles and the disappointing end to another season.
Although this one came in the Elite Eight instead of the first weekend, it did not take the sting away from the loss.
But the 64-59 setback at the hands of the Wildcats did bring a different feeling with it, and Lucas, at the end of the video below explains that.
During each of the previous two seasons, the members of the Kansas University men's basketball team followed up another successful run through the Big 12 Conference with a disappointing loss in March that brought the season to a close much earlier than many expected.
For players like Wayne Selden, Frank Mason, Brannen Greene and Landen Lucas, that meant going through half of their Kansas careers without making it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
This year, however, a hungrier group of Jayhawks followed up Big 12 title No. 12 with two strong performances in Des Moines a week ago and that brought those same guys, as well as the sophomores and freshmen, to the Sweet 16 for the first time.
Here's a quick look at how the first day and a half in Louisville has looked through some of their eyes, as the top-seeded Jayhawks (32-4) prepare to take on No. 5 Maryland (27-8) at 8:40 p.m. central Thursday night.
With a pair of victories in Des Moines, Iowa — Thursday and Saturday over Austin Peay and UConn — the Kansas University men's basketball team advanced to its first Sweet 16 in three seasons.
KU now will play next Thursday in Louisville against the winner of No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 13 Hawaii (Sunday night 6:10 p.m.).
Matt Tait and Benton Smith take a quick look at how the Jayhawks got there following Saturday's 73-61 victory over Connecticut.
The Kansas men's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 73-61 victory over UConn in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday night.
After the game, Kansas junior Brannen Greene gave his take on the following: KU's fast start, UConn's comeback, Perry Ellis nearly getting injured, Wayne Selden's monster night and what it means to get past the second round.
More news and notes from KU’s win over UConn
- On to the next round: Jayhawks show swag in tourney win over UConn
- Keegan: Lucas and Traylor closing the lane on defense
- Husky wants best for Jayhawk pal Selden
- Self likes Jayhawks’ feisty attitude
- Notebook: Ellis fine after bumping knee
- Moving on: Jayhawks get back to Sweet 16 with win over UConn
- Keegan Ratings: Selden wows as Kansas moves on in NCAAs
UConn's Jalen Adams, he of half-court heave fame in last week's AAC tournament, grew up playing with and against KU junior Wayne Selden in Roxbury, Mass.
Adams talked Friday about facing Selden and what he remembers about the player he said got it all started for putting Roxbury basketball on the map.
Kansas University big men Hunter Mickelson, Landen Lucas, Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor shed some light on how they plan to attack 7-foot UConn center Amida Brimah during Saturday's 6:45 p.m. second-round NCAA Tournament game at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
They also shared the identity of the best big men they've ever faced and some of them were players with whom they once shared a locker room.
With the Kansas University men's basketball team facing a monster week — Tuesday night vs. West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse and Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma — KUsports.com's Tom Keegan & Matt Tait decided to do a little rapid fire edition of KU Sports Extra to break down the Big 12 hoops race.
With KU gunning for consecutive Big 12 title No. 12, six teams sit at the top of the conference standings with just two games separating first-place West Virginia from sixth-place Baylor.
Kansas, of course, is right in the thick of things at 7-3 and even though there are still eight games to play, this week sort of has that make-or-break feel for Kansas.
Here's what Keegan & Tait had to say about this year's wild chase for the Big 12 title.