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.
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