Shannon Ryan: No. 1 seed Illinois leaves the NCAA Tournament with unfulfilled promises and a wasted opportunity. Ayo Dosunmu will be a legend, but this team will be remembered for a second-round loss.

INDIANAPOLIS — In the closing seconds of an extinguished dream, Illinois star guard Ayo Dosunmu reached across the key at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to hug teammate senior Da’Monte Williams between Loyola free throws. The inevitable was coming. And when it did as the buzzer sounded, Dosunmu spotted point guard Andre Curbelo doubled over in crushed astonishment by himself across from Loyola’s bench. Dosunmu jogged over to the freshman, slung his arm around Curbelo’s shoulders and encouraged him as they walked across the court. Dosunmu high-fived teammates, hugged assistant coaches and shook hands …

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