Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; The Kansas Jayhawks huddle before the start of the finals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four against the Kentucky Wildcats at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Right now, I want to talk about MY team. The Kansas Jayhawks with Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Jeff Withey, Travis Releford, Elijah Johnson, Kevin Young and Conner Teahan. Those are the guys that made up the 2011-2012 Kansas Jayhawks.
The Jayhawk team that went into the season with a boat load of doubters. The Jayhawk team that won an eighth straight Big 12 championship. The Jayhawk team that refused at any point to give in or quit clawing and scrapping when things weren't going their way. That's the team that I'm proud of and that's the team I watched leave it all on the floor one more time tonight.
I think RockChalk summed it up best in his return to RCT just before the game earlier this afternoon.
Kentucky very well may win the game, but Kansas will not lose it. - RC
This hits the nail on the head. This is a team that a whole new generation of Jayhawk fans can look back upon a remember fondly because it defied conventional wisdom and overachieved in a big way. They were a team, and the toughest team in the country as far as I'm concerned.
They may not have been the most talented, they may not have ever made believers of those outside of the Jayhawk fanbase, but they made their way into Kansas history with a blue collar, never say never attitude. Even down 14 points at half, it never seemed insurmountable.
The ending wasn't perfect, but the journey was and I wouldn't trade this team for any team in the country. This team represents what is right in college sports and I couldn't be more proud of what they accomplished. It's been fun, we'll be back, Rock Chalk Jayhawk!