Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had plenty of emotions when Saturday’s game against Wisconsin was over and although some may be understandable, Hollis-Jefferson made sure he let people know he was sorry.
“Coming off the court knowing the game is over and the season is ending is an emotional moment,” Hollis-Jefferson said.
“Personally I wanted to apologize for not being able to get the coaches to the Final Four. Being so close yet again.”
Numerous players were in tears at the end of the game due in large part to the realization that they won’t be playing together again.
“It was tough,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “Nobody ever wants to see it end, especially when you’re not on top. It was definitely emotional. It’s just a bitter moment for us.
“Being in this position and losing two times in a row is definitely tough. It’s hurts. I just wish we could have done more.”
There may not have been a player more emotional than T.J. McConnell and Hollis-Jefferson certainly took note.
“It’s tough,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “All these years building a relationship with him and getting to know him on and off the court. I told him I would take him to war any day and I know he would have my back.
“That’s what you need. I apologized to him for not being able to get him over that hump. It’s a tough one.”
Not all of it was negative, however.
“The type of season that I have had since I have been here, it is hard to win 30 plus games in college,” Hollis-Jefferson said.
“For us to do that back to back times, I am definitely proud at the end of the day of making it this far and doing what we have done.”