Instead, they were gathered around a television in the press room at the New Orleans Arena cheering for Northern Iowa to take out the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, Kansas. And they got their wish: UNI 69, KU 67.
What already had been a wild tournament — with No. 2 seed Villanova and No. 3 seed New Mexico eliminated Saturday to join No. 3 Georgetown and No. 4 Vanderbilt in the offseason — was thrown into total chaos.
Though shoved into a loaded bracket by the selection committee, the Jayhawks were such a talented, complete, accomplished team they still were considered the favorite. Their demise left us with many questions to consider:
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"That's definitely not the way we look at it at all, I guess," senior forward Adam Koch said. "We feel like we're a good team. We can play with anybody. So, you know, we just knew that they were a tough team and we're going to have to play really well today and play a good game. We never doubted we could play with them at all."
Duke coach said that after winning his second gold medal in men's basketball would be his Team USA finale. That may not be the case anymore.
CBT: Turning the page on the Mike Rice scandal, Rutgers hired Louisville's Julie Hermann as athletic director on Wednesday. But, Hermann has a prior scandal of her own.
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