For Przemek Karnowski, the memories are a thing of the past.
"I made a dumb-a** foul".
"Now I'll never have negative memories in this building", Bakamus said.
Kelan Martin scored 19 points and Andrew Chrabascz added 15 as Butler won a second-round game at Bradley Center in Milwaukee to advance to the Sweet 16. "I think everybody is behind our program and will be for a long time to come". After a come-from-behind lead in the second half, Vanderbilt was ahead by one point with 20 seconds left in the game.
Gonzaga took full advantage of Northwestern's early offensive struggles. The Wildcats forced 11 second-half turnovers.
"There's plays throughout the whole game that coaches can call better, that players can play better, we've had that pattern through the whole year with our guys. We were really creative on switches", Nigel Williams-Goss said. Gonzaga dominated the flow of the game so far.
Despite the electrifying excitement and rousing school spirit, for most fans, March Madness will ultimately lead to heartbreak.
As the pro-Northwestern crowd escalated in decibel count, the Wildcats reeled in big baskets.
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The ever-underrated point guard and team leader Bryant McIntosh will be a senior. "Obviously, we're hoping and planning for more". "Toward the end of the game, coach took me out, and I was trying to hold them in", Lumpkin said after the game.
Said Mathews: "They adjusted". My job is to come in and bring energy, and I don't think I brought that energy in that first half. "Credit them. They went to the drawing board and made some big plays". And No. 1 Gonzaga closed the book on the Wildcats' Cinderella season with a pulsating 79-73 win.
Gonzaga forward Zach Collins reached up through the basket to block a Northwestern shot, which should have resulted in two points for the Wildcats. "We knew they were going to make a run". A Pardon basket would have cut Northwestern's deficit to three points with 4:57 to go in regulation. Afterwards, the NCAA released a statement about a goaltending call that the officials missed with about five minutes left in the second half. So instead of being able to go to the tape and reverse the call - which would have put points on the boar for Northwestern - the technical foul on Collins allowed Gonzaga to go to the free throw line and collect points themselves.
Collins was right to protest.
The six stories, apple green seats and snow-capped mountain backdrop outside didn't much resemble the familiar aged confines of Welsh-Ryan Arena that many Cats supporters said goodbye to last weekend, but for two afternoons, the Salt Lake City facility colloquially known as "The Vivint" transformed into a second home for NU this week. "We had all the momentum". Referees are human beings, they're here for a reason, because they're outstanding officials.
It might have been Fisher-Davis' day to make a mistake, but Kornet claimed it could have been any one of them. I love what we're doing. "Yes, I believe we had a great chance to win if the correct call was made".
Like any coach, Collins was also ruing what could've gone differently Saturday if not for a few sequences.