Atlanta Here are some of the best (and worst) moments in Kansas' 97-88 NCAA semifinal loss to Maryland on Saturday:
The Best: Dixon matched his career high with 33 points. The senior All-American was 10 of 18 from the field, including 5 of 11 from three-point range. The guard was 8 of 11 from the foul line and had only one turnover in 37 minutes. He scored five points in the final 1:13 after KU had pulled within five points.
"Juan Dixon, I thought, was sensational," Williams said.
UM's career leading scorer has been in double figures in 53 straight games.Â
The Worst: KU's first half. After jumping out to a 13-2 lead in the opening 3:58, Maryland outscored the Jayhawks 42-24 the rest of the period.Â
Stats of the Game: Maryland's bench outscored Kansas 22-12, and the Terps had a 38-28 advantage in the paint.Â
What's Next?: Drew Gooden talked after the game about his dilemma. He must decide whether to stay in school and make another run at the national title or opt for the riches of the NBA. Classmates Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison were in no mood to think about next year.
"I don't know what's going on," a teary-eyed Hinrich said. "I'm just thinking about the game."
"I'll think about that next week," said Collison, who scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
All three juniors had previously stated that they would discuss their options after the season with their families and Williams.
The Jayhawks lose only one senior, Boschee, from their starting lineup.Â
Final on Boschee: KU's senior guard made five three-pointers in his final game, padding his Big 12 record to 338 treys. He scored 17 points.Â
Media Mecca: With CNN Center a short trip down International Boulevard, downtown Atlanta is usually crawling with reporters. This weekend, the NCAA issued credentials to more than 1,200 members of the media.Â
Jayhawks in Action: Former Jayhawks Scot Pollard and Jacque Vaughn will be play this afternoon in Atlanta when Pollard's Sacramento Kings face Vaughn's Hawks at Phillips Arena.Â
That Other Thing: Opening Day is normally a big deal in major league cities, but the Atlanta Braves' season debut against Philadelphia Monday afternoon will be the second-biggest sporting event in town.Â
Price is Right: Scalpers at the Georgia Dome were offering $1,000 to anyone willing to give up a court-level seat. They were selling choice tickets for more than $8,000 each.