From misery to ecstasy: KU fans run wild in Lawrence

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 6:00 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Halfway through the national championship game, it looked like Kansas would quietly exit the Superdome in New Orleans and its fans watching in Lawrence would do the same at Allen Fieldhouse.

By the end of the night, the scene surrounding the Jayhawks was anything but quiet. KU pulled off a historic 16-point comeback to defeat North Carolina 72-69 and the party was on. In New Orleans, confetti fell, Bill Self hugged current and former players, and the Jayhawks cut down the nets to signify national championship No. 4.

In Lawrence, the revelry went deep into the night, then into the morning, then ... well, who knows when it will stop? From Allen Fieldhouse to Mass Street, Lawrence was transformed to Party Central.

Tejay Cleland and Abbey Higginbotham from Eyewitness News captured the euphoria. Here’s a sampling of reaction from fans who will definitely remember what happened last night:

“I almost went to sleep so it’s really exciting that we won. We’re excited we just won. We aren’t going to class tomorrow. We’re not going to class tomorrow.”

“I’m feeling good. It’s absolutely crazy for the state of Kansas. As a student here, it’s crazy, man.”

“During COVID it was hard for us. But this year we came back strong. After the Kentucky loss at home we woke up. Bill Self put a little sprinkle of his magic and woke the players up and we came and we conquered. We conquered the big 12 regular season title. We conquered the big 12 championship title. We conquered the Final Four regional championship, and now we’re national champions. Let’s goooo!”

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