Lon Kruger and Dana Altman are one win away from the Final Four, and neither man can bear to lose.
They can hardly stomach a win, either.
Kruger, the Oklahoma coach, gave Altman, the Oregon coach, his first Division I job, as an assistant at Kansas State. In return, Altman brought his star junior college player, a young man named Mitch Richmond. In their brief stretch together, along with point guard Steve Henson, they built one of the best stretches in Kansas State basketball history.