Over the past month, as Kansas State challenged for a Big 12 championship and a spot in the Final Four, Frank Martin routinely talked about how important it was for his players to embrace the moment.
He told them to push their bodies to the brink, to focus as hard as they could during games and take a shot at being great.
If the Wildcats could accept those challenges, their season would end in one of two ways: euphoria or heartbreak.
Well, Martin’s team did everything he asked, and that meant tears were everywhere in the K-State locker room Saturday.
After winning more games than any other squad in program history, after climbing high up into the national rankings and after making a name for itself in the NCAA Tournament, K-State was beaten by Butler 63-56 and fell one game short of the Final Four.