The sounds of heartache could be heard down Massachusetts Street on Sunday afternoon soon after Connor Frankamp’s last-chance shot (and Kansas University’s final chance at moving on to the Sweet 16) banged off the backboard, solidifying Stanford’s advancement in the NCAA tournament.
A silent crowd streamed out of a watch party at Liberty Hall shortly after the 10-seeded Cardinal knocked off the No. 2 Jayhawks. Among the dejected was Robert Iron Eyes, who has followed Kansas basketball for more than 30 years and said he expected the team to go all the way this year.
“I had hope until the last second,” Iron Eyes said. “I was sad. It was sad seeing that little boy on the TV crying.”
Just moments later, Olathe residents and KU alumnae Kristen Lewis and Christi Ross left Quinton’s Bar and Deli in somber spirits. Lewis said as soon as it was over, an employee of Quinton’s switched off the game’s audio and turned on some music.
“Everyone was completely quiet,” Lewis said. “I was heartbroken.”
Jordan Gray, a sophomore at KU, attended the game at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Gray said the sellout crowd, comprising a large number of KU fans, was silent and disappointed as the final seconds ticked away.
“I really expected us to go far this year since we have so many stars on our team, so it was disappointing at that last shot since we were so close,” Gray said in a phone interview. “The whole stadium kind of got quiet, and it was a really somber atmosphere.”