All "signs" point to KU rolling in Tulsa


Tulsa, Okla. — You couldn't avoid it if you tried. This town is set up perfectly for the Kansas University men's basketball team to feel right at home here and, therefore, to roll through the first two rounds of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

The games begin Friday, when top-seeded Kansas (32-2) takes on Boston U. (21-13) at 5:50 p.m., central time. If they win, KU would play again Sunday against the winner of the game between UNLV and Illinois. A gametime has not yet been determined.

While the wait for tipoff continues for another day, the crazy coincidences in the area surrounding the BOK Center, where the games will be played, are everywhere.

A quick, Wednesday night stroll around the four or five-block area surrounding our hotel revealed nearly a dozen KU-related omens that should have KU fans feeling good about their team opening the tourney in Tulsa.

Here's a look.

First up, there's an area of Tulsa known as the "Brady District." That might not mean that KU senior Brady Morningstar will be the most outstanding player of this site, but it sure points to him getting off to a good start. If the district sharing his name isn't enough, there's also a spot called the "Brady Tavern." They love the kid down here.

A little further down the road, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, the marquee out front announced an upcoming performance by Terrance Simien. We weren't able to track down the man himself to find out if there's any relation between he and KU great Wayne Simien, but the link to KU can't be denied.

As we walked around the corner, we were hit by a couple more reminders of Lawrence and KU. The first was an ad for a building group known as the "River City Development, LLC," and the next was a sign on a restaurant paying homage to KU football player Angus Quigley. Quigley, as you may know, is the only athlete on campus who's been wearing crimson and blue longer than Morningstar.

Right around the corner from the street map we came across this old building that actually featured the names of two former KU greats. Brandon Rush, a member of the 2008 national-championship team (which, cleary, itself, is a good sign) and Paul Endacott, who played for legendary coach Phog Allen and helped lead KU to Helms national championships in 1922 and 1923.

Back at the hotel, this image jumped right out at us. I mean, I know thousands of people play the piano, but how many teams in the NCAA Tournament have an accomplished pianist in their regular rotation? I don't know the number, but I know that senior forward Mario Little makes KU one of them.

For those KU fans looking for more good omens from the 2008 title run, there are plenty here in Tulsa. First off, there's this building, named for the former Memphis Tiger whose missed free throw allowed Mario's Miracle to become a reality.

Here's another from the title run, Detroit Avenue in Downtown Tulsa serves as a reminder of the site where KU beat Davidson to advance to its most recent Final Four.

Here's another flash down Memory Lane... alum, Ryan Greene, now the UNLV beat writer at the Las Vegas Sun, is also in Tulsa this week. Greene was there the last time the Jayhawks cut down the nets on that magical Monday in April and he's here because the Rebels play the Illini in Round 1. The winner gets the KU-BU winner on Sunday.

There's also a bar that gives a shout out to KU broadcasting legend Max Falkenstien.

Before we go, here's a couple more signs that reference current and former KU greats.

Finally, after digesting all of the pro-KU signs, we found one final omen that bodes especially well for KU's first-round game. There, at the back entrance of the Hyatt was the street sign indicating that the Hyatt is off of Boston Street. Initially, I took this to be a bad sign, but sports editor Tom Keegan quickly pointed out one fine detail on the sign that made it fit right in with this blog.

It's South Boston Street, as in, Boston U. is heading south.

So there you have it. All kinds of signs that point to KU feeling incredibly comfortable and having great success down here in Tulsa. You can't make this stuff up, folks.

Check back with throughout the next few days for more blogs, stories, photos and videos from Tulsa.


Eliott Reeder 7 years, 3 months ago

You are out of your mind with this post. I like it. Morehead falls. KU rolls to the Elite Eight. Hope we stay focused...

Stan Unruh 7 years, 3 months ago

Fun. Great work. Rock Chalk. Go bring home 2 wins this weekend Jayhawks.

Jonathan Allison 7 years, 3 months ago

Boston heading south sounds like a bad sign to me.

San Antonio? Houston?


SoCalAlum 7 years, 3 months ago

Morehead State just beat Louisville, who had lost one of their better players (Knowles) to injury.

SoCalAlum 7 years, 3 months ago

Nice piece Matt, but it looks like Ryan Greene dislocated his shoulder trying to get it around Keegan.

Joe Satterwhite 7 years, 3 months ago

+1 you guys dont have anything better 2 do..smh

Jayhawk444 7 years, 3 months ago

you're both wrong. instead of sleeping/playing/drinking his free time away at his hotel waiting for practice to start, Matt put in some OT by taking some pictures and writing a creative, funny article that he didn't have to write so the rest of us could enjoy it. I say Thank You for the extra effort, Matt.

xyz 7 years, 3 months ago

Too funny!! But seriously, if you get a chance to go see Terrance "KU Fans Call Me Wayne" Simien do it! I saw him before Wayne made him famous and he and the band are excellent!

Steve Jacob 7 years, 3 months ago

Sure the "Hard Rock" is having as big weekend in Tulsa.

baldwinjhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

Kentucky holds on to win by 2 against

Gig 7 years, 3 months ago

Hello all. This KU grad hopes many of you can make it down here to Tulsa for the games.

I chuckled at your first photo. I work in the Williams Center Tower buildings (the two twin dark glass buildings) just east of the BOK center. This top photo of the parking garage and the BOK Center is almost exactly the view from my office window.

FWIW, yes, downtown Tulsa does look bad in spots. I'm glad you guys weren't here about 5 or 6 years ago. It was much worse then. Many businesses had fled from downtown and moved to various office parks in south Tulsa. The streets were full of giant potholes. There were boarded up buildings all over downtown. With the new BOK Center, the new downtown minor league ballpark, and other new downtown developments, things are really improving in Tulsa in general and downtown in particular. Still a long way to go, but things are brighter now.

KU_FanSince75 7 years, 3 months ago

Matt Tait---thanks for this fun article. I know I wouldn't get lost if I was with you. Who needs a GPS? One has Matt Tait! Very funny, too. Thanks!

Martin Rosenblum 7 years, 3 months ago

What, no Okieball Bar and Grill as a tribute to Jaybate?

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