Jayhawks remain proud of season

NEW ORLEANS -- On the court and on the bench, they looked defeated and deflated.

The Kansas Jayhawks had spent the previous two hours getting completely manhandled by Kentucky in the NCAA title game. For the most part, these had looked like two different caliber of teams. KU wasn't going to yell "Uncle!" -- but it may have been open to a running clock.

Statisticians on press row even cracked open the record book to look up the most lopsided loss in championship game history.

Just in case.

But then something strange happened. Trailing by 12 points with just under 7 minutes remaining -- the deficit had been as large as 18 -- the Jayhawks rose from their chairs after a timeout, walked onto the Superdome court.

And smiled.

"No one could tell us that we were going to lose except for the scoreboard," guard Elijah Johnson said. "We said, 'If they're going to beat us, they're going to remember us. They're going to feel the last of us.'"

Kentucky certainly did.

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