Coach Dana Altman joked: "I will be Frank (Mason III)".
His current gig is at OR, where he's coached since 2010.
While last year's Elite Eight loss to Villanova stuck with the Jayhawks all offseason and fueled their run to get back to this point in 2017, it's hard to say what this loss will mean for the Jayhawks' uncertain future.
"It's just an unbelievable feeling". "It really hurts. It hurts more to see guys around me".
We seem to have these stories along KU's road to the Final Four this year.
That momentum carried into the third quarter and a 3-pointer by Lexi Bando boosted Oregon's lead to 50-39 with 3:05 remaining. Mason, a 5-foot-11 senior, is averaging 20.9 points on 49 percent shooting, while Brooks - a 6-7 junior - is averaging 16.3 points. A Purdue 3-pointer went in ... and came back out.
A heroic effort at the finish line pushed the Ducks through.
But the torrid shooting of Brooks, Ennis and Dorsey quickly riled up the small section of OR fans while deflating the rest of sold-out Sprint Center.
The opposite could be said for Oregon. And you know, they continue to show poise down the stretch, and I'll tell you, it's just impressive to watch. But Self admitted the Jayhawks desperately wanted Dorsey before the sophomore point guard chose Oregon.
Walton led the Wolverines with 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
The Final Four was the only thing missing on Few's resume, which includes 18 straight NCAA Tournaments, eight trips to the Sweet 16 and a third Elite Eight after surviving West Virginia's constant pressure in the regional semifinals. Or could it be that one night the late shots wouldn't go down, or an opponents' would. Jones and Walker-Kimbrough tied each other for the school record for most points (697) in a season.
"Recruits are going to want to go there to play", said Howard, who praised the defense and uptempo offense of Underwood's teams. Richmond finished his college career at Kansas State before becoming a six-time NBA All-Star with the Sacramento Kings. "I wore OR colors every day", he said.
And Bell, who'd just turned in one of his best performances of the season after putting up 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in a Sweet Sixteen victory over MI, was clutch for OR once again. It was a long time ago. Call me insane, but I'm going with the junior over the freshman.
Kansas, meanwhile, embarrassingly thought it would be a good idea to completely abandon what got them a 1-seed (three point shooting) and embarrassingly pound the ball down low to Landen Lucasearly and often.
Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) chases down a loose ball during the first half on.
Bell won Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, but it's debatable if his value to Oregon'ssuccess purely as a defender gets enough credit.
Kansas outrebounded Purdue 36 to 29 by simply outworking the larger Boilermakers on the boards.