"This is crazy. I just got off FaceTime with him, and I know we just lost, but this has put a huge smile on my face," Denzel Valentine said. "I think I'm as excited right now as I was when we went to the Final Four, and that was the best basketball experience of my life. I might even have a chance to go down there and see them."
"It shows we have a great young core, no matter who's out there," Valentine said. "KD, Lauri and Zach were hurt so we've got to pick it up. Guys played hard and we fought to the end. Best player on the planet just put the team on his back and got a win."