Jayhawks disappointed in early NCAA exit

SALT LAKE CITY, UT. (KWCH) -- It was a disappointing end to a whirlwind season for the Kansas Jayhawks. Auburn was too athletic for Kansas in the 89-75 win in the second round in Salt Lake City.

On the grand checklist that they set before the season, they did not win the 15th-consecutive Big 12 regular season title, they did not win the second-consecutive Big 12 tournament title, and did not advance past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

The Jayhawks hope to have junior forward Dedric Lawson back for his final year in 2019-20, and Lawson would like to put this entire year behind him.

"For me, I would say a letdown," Dedric Lawson said. "We didn't accomplish anything we set out to accomplish, personally."

Mitch Lightfoot and Devon Dotson preferred to look through crimson-colored glasses. They said the team rallied behind some of the toughest circumstances earlier this year with the losses of Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa, and Lagerald Vick.

"We overcame a lot of adversity. But we didn't use the adversity to diminish what we've done," Lightfoot said. "Yeah that adversity sucks, but at the same time, next man up. Love these guys to death and it sucks."

Devon Dotson, who's future is unclear at the moment, sat with a towel wrapped around his face in the locker room.

"You know, this team has an unbelievable bond that we'd do anything for each other," he said. "At the end of the day, we just wanted to play for each other at the end of the day and it just hurts."