What a year it was. With our 2 star seniors, Atkins and Alford, we were looking to have a standout year. It started out well, as we went 9-1 out of conference, including a big win against Kansas at home. However, things did not go as well in conference, where we played against an ACC that ended up sending 9 teams to the NT. We finished up 7-9 in conference, which does not seem like that great of a record, but it earned us an 8 seed (we were slotted for a 7th on the proj report but got bumped down a line because of ACC 2-seeds). We won a close one in the first round against Louisville which set up a match-up with 1 seed Wisconsin. Despite being a 9 point underdog, we were up 10 at half. Although Wisconsin closed the gap to 3 in the final seconds, we ended up prevailing to pull the upset, 70-65 to move onto the Sweet 16! There we faced off against Texas Tech, one of six Big 12 teams to make the Sweet 16. After being down 2 at half, we came roaring out in the 2nd half, took the lead with 10 minutes left and never relinquished it, pulling yet another upset to reach the Elite 8. There, we faced ACC foe Miami, who had beaten us in our two matchups that season. Miami was also making its 5th straight Elite 8 appearance. We battled valiantly, keeping it within a basket until the last quarter of the game. We did not have that final push to make the final four. Still, as a team that went sub-.500 in conference and runs zone, I think we had a tremendous season and I look forward to continuing this trend of success after a disappointing couple of seasons (well, 5 straight PITs).
Here is the squad: