OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. _ Who would have thought this late in March that Kansas and Texas would be packing their basketball gear for the season, and Baylor, Kansas State and Texas Tech would still be playing basketball?
But that's the case today.
Kansas, the No. 1 overall seed in the entire 65-team NCAA Tournament field, was unceremoniously knocked out of the postseason Saturday by unheralded No. 9-seeded Northern Iowa, 69-67. That came two days after Texas dropped an 81-80 overtime game to Wake Forest in its first-round NCAA Tournament game.
Meanwihile, Baylor tripped Old Dominion 76-68 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. And Kansas State also made it to the Sweet 16 with an 84-72 win over Brigham Young.
In addition, Texas Tech moved to within one win of advancing to New York for the Final Four of the National Invitation Tournamernt with Saturday's 69-64 triumph over Jacksonville.
Also, Texas A&M and Missouri both will reach the Sweet 16 with victories today. The Aggies will face Purdue while the Tigers meet West Virginia.
Texas, remember, was 17-0 and ranked No.1 in the country at one point this season. And Kansas went into the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 team in the nation and the overwhelming pick by millions to win this year's national championship.
K-State coack Frank Martin is glad that at least one team from Kansas -- his -- is still among the NCAA field.
Martin said: "When the season is over, whenever these kids get me off this ride, whenever it ends, I don't know, I'll separate from the whole deal and I'm sure I'll enjoy the moment. I enjoy it, don't misunderstand me.
"I went in the locker room and sat by myself for a couple of seconds there to just continue to appreciate the people that have stuck with me. It's unbelievable just the way the good Lord just continues to put me around big time human beings that help me.''
-- Dwain Price