ARLINGTON, Texas -- The scene in the Wisconsin locker room was as somber as any I can recall in more than a decade. Josh Gasser embraced teammate Evan Anderson with both players crying uncontrollably. Frank Kaminsky was unable to raise his head as he sat before his locker in disbelief of what had just transpired.
Devastating. Crushing. Brutal. Pick your adjective.
This Wisconsin team was just 5.7 seconds away from playing seventh-seeded UConn Monday night with a chance to win the national title.
"It sucks," Kaminsky said, over and over. But the sentiment is more permanent for some of the Badgers than others.
Both Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, who could each flirt with a decision to leave early for the NBA, told ESPN they will return to the Badgers next season. More often that not, I don’t hold kids to their NBA decisions just moments after an emotional loss, such as the one on Saturday night, but I believe Dekker and Kaminsky.
"I’m coming back," Dekker said.
"I’m not going anywhere," Kaminsky added.
If that’s the case, the Badgers have a chance to return to the Final Four.