Chronicle File Photos by Kevin Hwang (left), Alyssa Reichardt (right)

No amount of words can portray the differences between last year's season, which ended in the round of 32, and this year's season, which will continue through the Sweet 16 this weekend. The photo of Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer on the left ran on page 1 of The Chronicle March 24 last year. The photo to the right ran inside Sportswrap Monday.

Same star players, same embracing poses, same home white uniforms. The reactions, as you can see, are quite different--and so were the outcomes of the games.