Sunday, March 4, 2007

Big 12 champs!

1,900 wins, plus No. 1 seed in OKC


Jayhawk fans have a lot to be proud of after Kansas University's 90-86 win over Texas on Saturday. The victory marks the team's 1,900th all-time victory and makes them outright Big 12 regular season champs this year.

"We did great, we did wonderful, we played our hearts out," said Jenna Ness, after watching the game at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Mass.

The atmosphere of the game spilled over from the TV sets into the bar, complete with high fives, chilling screams and even the school chant.

"Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU," patrons sang when KU sophomore Brandon Rush scored in the final minutes of the game, leaving the Jayhawks with an eight-point advantage.

But the excitement turned to anxiety as Texas made a quick turnaround.

"That hurts!" said Harrison Helmick, when A.J. Abrams of Texas made a three-point basket, leaving the team only two points behind.

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After KU came back with a four-point lead, fans went wild. Nearly everyone in the packed bar was out of their seats by the end of the game.

"They make me nervous sometimes," said Mike Gardner, a KU fan.

Ness, a KU graduate, didn't worry. "I wasn't concerned at all; we always win," she said.

Next week, the Jayhawks open the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City as a No. 1 seed.

"I think they've got a pretty good chance. They're playing real well," said Brian Knott, of Derby.

"I don't want to jinx it by setting any expectations," said Pat Knott, his wife.


ralsterKUMed95 15 years, 9 months ago

To Esq2eB: You really aren't taking that "we played our hearts out" quote literally, are you? That is what a young child or early teenager may say. That quote reflects a fan projecting her feeling of pride and 'ownership', if you will, onto this bball team. Often my brother inlaw (KU student) will text msg me clues about a game in progress if I am at work like: "We look SOLID!" or "Sherron is carrying us on his back", etc... No, we are not players on the team, but "we" are all Jayhawks! Get it??

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