INDIANAPOLIS – Big blue lockers provided fitting shelter for Kentucky players stunned after leaving the court.
Guard Tyler Ulis cried. Center Dakari Johnson stared blankly ahead. Talk was barely above a whisper. Now wasn't the right time to start discussing the future.
They could barely discuss the present.
Saturday night's 71-64 Final Four loss to Wisconsin was a stunning end for the Wildcats (38-1), who came up two games short of the unbeaten championship season that could have established their place in college basketball history.
The big question is how many Wildcats will stay. Up to seven are projected to enter the NBA draft. That reality made their last game together hard to accept, especially since they expected to play at least one more time.
"You know, we'll never be on the same team like this again," junior 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein said when asked what he'll remember most about this season. "That's going to set in. We got a month of school left with each other, and that's it. I mean, that's what you'll remember."
Cauley-Stein is almost certain to turn pro and is expected to be part of the NBA draft lottery despite a two-point, five-rebound effort in his likely final college game.
Freshman forwards Karl-Anthony Towns and Trey Lyles have also been mentioned as first-round picks with Towns even projected as the No. 1 overall selection. Both were also non-committal about their futures after the loss.
Twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison are also expected to declare for the draft after raising their games as sophomores.
"We would have loved to have been 40-0," coach John Calipari said. "Let's see if we can take another stab at it. But 38 [wins], what these guys did in a row, incredible stuff."