"It was terrible, especially watching the way the tournament panned out … George Mason with the run they had," recalls Dane Bradshaw, UT's only senior. "You go through a lot of could'ves and should'ves in your mind."
Bradshaw played that game with a severely injured right (shooting) wrist that reduced him to a non-factor on offense. The depth-poor Vols also were tired – mentally and physically – because their starters had to play so many minutes in so many big games down the stretch. To his credit, though, Bradshaw refuses to make excuses.
"Wichita State played a good game and they beat us," he says.
As haunting as that loss proved to be, Bradshaw believes Tennessee may be able to put a positive spin on it this season.
"In the long run, I think it'll be good for us and we'll learn from it," he notes. "But you hate to have to learn from a loss. We were able to get over it but it's one thing that will motivate us."