Three years ago, Wichita State was 35-0 when it lost to Kentucky 78-76 in the second round, crestfallen after Fred Van Vleet's 3-pointer missed at the buzzer. Shamet had an 18-point second half.
The youngest team in March Madness grew up in the closing minutes.
He had been there before. Players traded handshakes and hugs with the Wildcats and departed to the locker room.
Still, the loss felt all too familiar.
He tried to remind himself that everything happens for a reason, but he couldn't help but feel the burden of being held out of the journey.
But apparently the matchup from Bankers Life Fieldhouse early in the day's slate had a little more excitement in the stands than they bargained for, courtesy of Lynn Marshall-the Wichita State coach's wife.
Even though Wichita has raised their profile, and can now compete with lower high-majors on the recruiting trail as evidenced by Shamet, McDuffie, and Kelly, in general Marshall and his staff tend to focus on more under the radar kids.
"He's an National Basketball Association guard", Shamet said. Wichita State wants power conference teams to schedule home-and-home series, but not many have incentive to do so.
Because Marshall has never been at a high profile job, it is tough to know how his recruiting would translate to IN where the focus would nearly assuredly be on different kids.
The Wildcats are now headed to Memphis, where they will play UCLA on Friday in the Sweet 16. They had yet seen his play before, let alone heard his name.
Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk both scored 14 points. The Shockers took their final timeout with 55 seconds to play after Shamet's three cut Kentucky's lead to 63-62. "Whoever's hands the ball ends up in, that's who does it". In the right position, he pulled the trigger with Fox in his face. But, the Shockers went on a run to build a four point lead before Derek Willis hit a three to cut the deficit to 37-36.
Monk put Kentucky up five again with a 3-pointer.
When the talking stopped, Adebayo ended up besting each of Wichita State's centers with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
But the Shockers did indeed prove that the No. 10 seed was a travesty. "Monk and Fox are really good". Monk made two free throws in the final 13 seconds while also blocking the McDuffie shot. "I'm looking forward to it just because I know how good they are". It's on me. I'm the point guard.
"He showed how talented he was", Smith said. "As long as we go out there, play with energy, play hard and play Kentucky basketball, we'll have a great chance to win". Last time, it was No. 8 seed Kentucky that ruined top-seeded Wichita State's flawless season in 2014.
"Our concern is us", Briscoe said. "But I didn't do what I was supposed to do in the end. We'll be all right". You win some. You lose some.