It's a feeling that's experienced by college basketball players every year.
And not the one Notre Dame expected to have.
After a miracle end to the season to propel the Irish into the Big Dance, it all ended in a flash for the Fighting Irish.
Carleton Scott's 3-pointer rattled out in the closing seconds, and 11th-seeded Old Dominion delivered the first upset of the NCAA tournament when it stunned sixth-seeded Notre Dame 51-50 on Thursday in the South Regional.
The Fighting Irish rushed the ball up the court as the clock wound down, but Scott's attempt to tie the game didn't fall and Luke Harangody's putback at the buzzer wasn't enough.
Harangody finished with just four points and his only other bucket came 30 seconds earlier. Not the way he wanted his career to end. Fellow senior Tory Jackson finished with just five points.
Frank Hassell scored 15 points to lead Old Dominion (27-8), which held Harangody to only four points - and scoreless until the final minute.
Ben Hansbrough scored 17 points to lead the Irish (23-12). Scott added 14.