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Lawrence Journal-World, AP Photo/John Young
Molly Schemm, right, consoles Sarah Stephens, following watching the end of the national championship game on the video board at Allen Fieldhouse Monday, April 2, 2012 in Lawrence, Kans. Kentucky beat Knnsas 67-59 to win the NCAA Championship.

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas basketball players and coaches make one last curtain call before adoring fans inside Allen Fieldhouse, an event that became one last opportunity to thank the team for an improbable season.

More than 5,000 fans started filing into the arena at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as the Jayhawks returned from their 67-59 loss to Kentucky in Monday night's NCAA championship game. The video board replayed KU's semifinal victory over Ohio State, a happier moment in the 32-7 season.

Tuesday night was the last chance for the fans and players to gather. Seniors Tyshawn Taylor and Conner Teahan said their goodbyes, as did junior Thomas Robinson, who's expected to enter the NBA draft.

Fans said Tuesday that while they were saddened by the loss, the Jayhawks exceeded expectations all season.