March sadness: Faces of defeat

Whether you lose a nail-biter or a blowout, the pain is all the same for these players and fans. In the Big Dance, a loss means going home so everything is on the line for these athletes. Catch these faces of defeat in our March sadness gallery.

<p>Northwestern cheerleaders cry after losing to Gonzaga after a second-round college basketball game in the men’s NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey) </p>
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Northwestern cheerleaders cry after losing to Gonzaga after a second-round college basketball game in the men’s NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

<p>Northwestern crying kid on a roller coaster of emotions during game vs. Gonzaga (video)<br> (Yahoo Sports) </p>
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Northwestern crying kid on a roller coaster of emotions during game vs. Gonzaga (video)
(Yahoo Sports)

<p>Dayton’s Kyle Davis takes off his jersey as he walks off the court following a first-round game against Wichita State in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. Wichita State won 64-58. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) </p>
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Dayton’s Kyle Davis takes off his jersey as he walks off the court following a first-round game against Wichita State in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. Wichita State won 64-58. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

<p>Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey, left, and Katin Reinhardt, right, sit on the bench in the final minutes during the second half in a first-round game against South Carolina in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) </p>
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Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey, left, and Katin Reinhardt, right, sit on the bench in the final minutes during the second half in a first-round game against South Carolina in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

<p>Virginia forward London Perrantes, center, guard Marial Shayok, left, and guard Devon Hall watch from the bench during the final seconds of a second-round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament against Florida, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Florida defeated Virginia 65-39. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) </p>
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Virginia forward London Perrantes, center, guard Marial Shayok, left, and guard Devon Hall watch from the bench during the final seconds of a second-round game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament against Florida, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Florida defeated Virginia 65-39. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

<p>Shaquille Morris #24 of the Wichita State Shockers reacts after missing a shot against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) </p>
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Shaquille Morris #24 of the Wichita State Shockers reacts after missing a shot against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

<p>Tyrik Dixon #0 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) </p>
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Tyrik Dixon #0 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

<p>Notre Dame forward Austin Torres, left, and Matt Ryan, right, react after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) </p>
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Notre Dame forward Austin Torres, left, and Matt Ryan, right, react after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

<p>Landry Shamet #11 of the Wichita State Shockers reacts to his missed shot the end of the game as teammate Austin Reaves #12 looks on in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Kentucky Wildcats won 65-62.(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) </p>
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Landry Shamet #11 of the Wichita State Shockers reacts to his missed shot the end of the game as teammate Austin Reaves #12 looks on in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Kentucky Wildcats won 65-62.(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

<p>Iowa State’s Darrell Bowie (10) and Iowa State’s Solomon Young (33) watch the final seconds of the an NCAA college basketball tournament second-round game against Purdue Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Milwaukee. Purdue won 80-76. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) </p>
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Iowa State’s Darrell Bowie (10) and Iowa State’s Solomon Young (33) watch the final seconds of the an NCAA college basketball tournament second-round game against Purdue Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Milwaukee. Purdue won 80-76. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

<p>The Saint Mary’s bench look on during the final minute of second half of a second-round college basketball game against Arizona in the men’s NCAA Tournament Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) </p>
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The Saint Mary’s bench look on during the final minute of second half of a second-round college basketball game against Arizona in the men’s NCAA Tournament Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

<p>Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh (30)reacts afterbeing defeated by Gonzaga after a second-round college basketball game in the men’s NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey) </p>
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Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh (30)reacts afterbeing defeated by Gonzaga after a second-round college basketball game in the men’s NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

<p>Florida State players sit on the bench in the final seconds of a second-round game against Xavier in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Xavier defeated Florida State 91-66. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) </p>
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Florida State players sit on the bench in the final seconds of a second-round game against Xavier in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Xavier defeated Florida State 91-66. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

<p>Notre Dame forward Austin Torres (left) and Matt Ryan (right) react after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) </p>
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Notre Dame forward Austin Torres (left) and Matt Ryan (right) react after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

<p>Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson (35) reacts after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) </p>
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Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson (35) reacts after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

<p>Notre Dame forward Matt Ryan (4) reacts after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) </p>
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Notre Dame forward Matt Ryan (4) reacts after their 83-71 loss to West Virginia in a second-round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

<p>Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald pauses after a first-round game against Kentucky in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 79-70. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) </p>
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Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald pauses after a first-round game against Kentucky in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 79-70. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

<p>The Princeton Tigers bench reacts after a play in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) </p>
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The Princeton Tigers bench reacts after a play in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 16, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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