I agree that the team looked and played exhausted--this is/was a particularly exhausting year with COVID and the bubble, that last stretch of games was a lot, Ayo with a broken nose and concussion, staying in Indy that extra time, maybe even going to OT against OSU. The B1G pushing to get all those games in looks like a mistake for the conference in hindsight.
Would we trade the last amazing 2 months for a longer tournament run? I don't know that I would give it that stretch + the BTT for even an elite 8. Yes to a Final Four & championship of course.
And yes, it matters that Loyola was under seeded. Sure, it's a game we should have been able to win, but we were the only 1 seed that had to play a top 10 team in the first weekend, and we're the only 1 seed out. That's not a coincidence.