All across the locker room, amid the stillness and the sadness, Kansas' freshmen sat in near silence.
Andrew Wiggins, a speck of blood near his heart, spoke softly. Wayne Selden slumped against the wall. Joel Embiid sat on a bench on the far side of the room.
Together, they arrived on campus last summer, the most impressive collection of freshman talent in the history of the program. But this locker room was now the end of the road.
For Kansas, and for the freshmen, the end was their 60-57 loss to No. 10 seed Stanford, and the Jayhawks' season was over before the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010. For Wiggins, a college career was two-and-done in the NCAA tournament.
"I let a lot of people down today," Wiggins said. "I didn't play like I should have played. ... I blame myself for this."
For nearly 30 minutes after the game, he sat and shouldered the burden. He finished with just four points on 1-of-6 shooting and took just three shots in the second half. He was, like most of his teammates, discombobulated and flustered by Stanford's zone defense and length in the frontcourt.
"We didn't play bad against the zone," Wiggins said. "I just played bad against the zone. ... Wherever I went, I'd just see three Stanford bigs."
Someone would asked Wiggins what went wrong, and he would point to himself.
"Today I just laid an egg," he said. "I didn't bring it for my team. I let a lot of people down."
While Wiggins is already long gone, Embiid said he wasn't yet decided on the NBA draft.
"I'm going to talk to my coaches, my mentor, my family," he said.
After the loss, Embiid, who has battled a back injury, said he didn't know how close he was to playing this weekend. But he believed he would have been able to play in the Sweet 16.
"I've been doing my rehab, my exercises," he said. "If it were up to me, I think I was going to play [next week]."
No time for a timeout
Trailing Iowa State by two with 1.6 seconds left, North Carolina inbounded the ball to Nate Britt, who dribbled past midcourt as time expired. Coach Roy Williams was jumping and gesturing for a timeout, but the officials reviewed the replay and ruled that neither Britt nor Williams got the timeout before the buzzer. "Let's not anybody lay it on the officials or anything like that. We didn't call the timeout with 1.6 seconds to play," Williams said.