CHICAGO -- It was a startling sight, seeing this group of young men in Auxiliary Locker Room No. 2 look so down. Kevin Menifee, staring at the floor. Seth Engelken, starting to tear up. Scooby Johnson, dead silent.
About three hours earlier, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders had been on top of the world, huddled together and whooping it up in the hallway outside that same locker room, about to run out onto the United Center floor and play their first NCAA Tournament game.