KANSAS CITY -- This was one of those moments that gives birth to the month's madness and West Virginia's Matt Humphrey had the perfect seat.
"I saw everything," he said.
And that meant Humphrey had the worst seat, on the bench with the rest of his teammates who had risen to their feet, the one with the unobstructed view of the final play of his team's final game of the season. It would be the final loss on a list of 19 thanks to a final error that sent the Mountaineers home after just one game of the Big 12 Tournament with a 71-69 loss to Texas Tech.
"I saw No. 11," Humphrey said. "I saw No. 11 at the free-throw line. I saw No. 11 run inside. That's a big guy."
The No. 11 was Texas Tech center Dejan Kravic, the No. 1 reason his team will play in today's quarterfinal against seventh-ranked Kansas, and the primary reason WVU went home with a seventh consecutive loss, a final record six games below .500 and one more reminder of why things were so bad.
This was a tied game with 13 seconds left to play in the conference tournament, two teams in the field with no realistic chance of winning the title trying to hang around another day.
There was a drive into the lane, a shot floating toward the basket before a dismissive hand appeared and swatted the ball hard to the left. A collective gasp followed the block directly to a shooter who was open in the corner for a game-winning 3-pointer.
Then came a sigh when the shot missed and then a cheer when a hero emerged to win the game.
It all happened in the last possession.
"We should have been playing that last possession all the way to the end," Humphrey said. "There were only 13 seconds left on the clock. If guys can't play hard for 13 seconds, you're not going to win the game."
It started when Texas Tech's Josh Gray, who the Mountaineers could not keep out of the paint, tried a layup. WVU's Aaric Murray blocked it at the rim and sent the ball out of bounds and seemingly the game to overtime.
Murray's block, his third of the game, went to Jamal Williams, who shot as WVU's Gary Browne chased.
"I thought time was going to run out before the guy got the shot off," Murray said. "Then I'm watching, like, 'I hope he doesn't make it.' He didn't and then there's still time?"
Murray and Dominique Rutledge were in the paint on the far side of the rim and Jabarie Hinds was a few steps inside the free throw line. WVU has Texas Tech outnumbered in the paint, but Jaye Crocket was inside of Hinds and Kravic was on the near side of the rim. Somehow, the shot from Williams on the left side came off the rim on the left side.