The Cardinals got two free throws from Quentin Snider with nine seconds left to break a tie and the Anteaters turned the ball over in the finals seconds, ending their first NCAA tournament appearance with a 57-55 loss.
Teams either build on these moments or become whatever-happened-to-them questions.
Meanwhile, in 2000,
So where does Irvine stand?
The Anteaters lose two senior starters, forwards Will Davis II and Travis Souza, but key pieces return. They should have back 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye, a game-changer in the lane, and two quick guards, Luke Nelson and Alex Young.
Some key role players return, giving Irvine the opportunity to sustain the success.
Recruiting becomes the key. Irvine's NCAA moment showed it could be done at a high-academic University of California school. High school players should be interested. It won't be the elite, but getting talent should be easier.
What can’t happen is what happened to
Of course, if the Anteaters continue their success, then finding a new coach will be the issue. Someone will snap up current Coach Russell Turner.
Actually, that can be a good problem to have. Gonzaga lost Dan Monson after reaching the West Regional final in 1999. Mark Few, his replacement, has done all right.