Lance Ware and Oscar Tshiebwe faced their lockers. Frederick cried.
Kentucky's locker room at Greensboro Coliseum Sunday night was silent but for footfalls.
Kansas State defeated the sixth-seeded Wildcats 75-69 in the second round of the 2022-23 NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats started the year as a top-five team with ambitions of making an 18th Final Four and earning a ninth national title.
Tshiebwe was the reigning unanimous player of the year, and they had another great recruiting class.
This team struggled with injuries and lost to South Carolina at home and Georgia away.
Last season, Saint Peter's stunned the Wildcats 15-over-2 in the first round. Britain missed the 2020-21 Big Dance.
Kentucky last made the Sweet 16 in 2019. The 2020 coronavirus epidemic cancelled the NCAA Tournament.
John Calipari's first six years at Lexington were nearly certain Final Eight berths.