It still doesn’t seem quite real. But indeed, Kansas held on for a 60-57 victory. Two weary fighters staggered to the finish line, with State landing a nice flurry of punches in the 11th round. Alas, there was nothing left for #12…and Kansas remained upright, winning on points.
I’m not angry, and I’m fully satisfied with the 2011-12 season. But I am sad, sad that there is no second act to look forward to this weekend. Sad that this particular, never say die unit will never play together again. We have seen the last game action for CJ Williams and Alex Johnson, probably for Calvin Leslie as well (at least for those of us who can’t bear to watch the NBA).
But they’ve all secured a place in our hearts forever. That never dies, never stops, never even really fades away. They brought back NC State basketball’s pride, and self-respect. That second part is more important than any media recognition, and Mark Gottfried’s greatest achievement.
I hope Calvin comes back, and leads an even greater run. But he’s a legend regardless, for his heart, determination, and quiet (unless you count gum smacking) leadership.
Thank you, players and staff. Thank you, one and all. Good night.