NCAA Tournament 2012: Kansas Fans React To The Championship Defeat

The Kansas Jayhawks had been bounced from the previous two NCAA Tournaments much earlier than anticipated, but fought their way all the way to the Finals of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including a comeback win in the Final Four against Ohio State. Even with the loss to a dominant Kentucky team in the Championship Game, Kansas fans are still proud of their Jayhawk team. As Owen from SB Nation's Rock Chalk Talk notes, this is a Kansas team that proved all the doubters wrong.

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.

The 2012 Kansas team was made up of veterans who knew what disappointment and defeat felt like. This was a Kansas team that didn't win the Championship, but as Rock Chalk Talk says, it wasn't a team that lost it and is a team that Kansas fans can be proud of, even in defeat.

For more on the Wildcats, check out A Sea of Blue. For more on the Jayhawks, head over to the SB Nation blog Rock Chalk Talk. For more updates on Monday's championship game, keep it tuned to this StoryStream.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.