The WKU Hilltoppers gave the #1 seed Kansas Jayhawks all they could handle Friday night, leading at the half and remaining within four points with 25 seconds left in the game.
But WKU went ice cold offensively in the second half, and Kansas held on to win 64-57.
WKU shot only 31% from the field for the game, and the Hilltoppers went 3-20 from three-point range.
Senior point guard Jamal Crook ended his WKU career with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and four assists.
WKU fans now have the 2013-14 season to think about, with forward George Fant and guard T.J. Price returning to form a nice nucleus for the two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions.
Update at 9:00 a.m.:
The WKU-Kansas game will tip-off at 8:50 p.m. Friday in Kansas City, Mo. The game will be aired on TNT.
The WKU Hilltoppers are headed to Kansas City, Mo., to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Hilltoppers are the #16 seed in the South Region, and will be a heavy underdog against the Big 12 tournament champion Jayhawks, the region's #1 seed.
The 20-15 Hilltoppers received an automatic bid to the Big Dance after winning the Sun Belt conference championship last week. This will mark WKU's second straight NCAA appearance.
The Hilltoppers won their first-round matchup last season before losing to eventual national champion Kentucky.