The NCAA season started enveloped in Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker hype and ended with another star freshman, Julius Randle, at least advancing deep into the tourney before falling short.
Though youth is celebrated in college basketball, it was savvy senior Shabazz Napier, with help from fellow soon-to-be graduate Niels Giffey that sunk the fresh-faced Wildcats.
We’ll look back at this tournament as one of the best in years. From the earlier stunners (like Mercer over Duke, Dayton over Ohio State and then Syracuse, Stanford over Kansas, Kentucky over Wichita State), to the record number of overtime games in one day, to the unprecedented matchup of a No. 7 seed and a No. 8 meeting in the final (with both teams absent from March Madness altogether just a year ago), this tourney was a classic.