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Horns need to recover mentally from losses

When Texas was blown out by Duke in the latest "game of the century" two weeks ago, I felt the same way that I had while sitting courtside last year at Illinois' Assembly Hall.

I had just witnessed Illinois completely dismantle then-No. 1 Wake Forest in a game the Illini could have won by 40 or more if Bruce Weber had not taken his foot off the gas. I wondered whether a team could actually recover from seeing its blood splattered all over the floor, to reach the Final Four and have a chance to win it all.

I had real doubts whether Wake Forest could do it.