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Never a doubt: Jayhawks faithful at Allen Fieldhouse rewarded with championship

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 6:24 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Monday’s national championship game went pretty late into Monday night, especially in the eastern time zone. Those who fell asleep around halftime might have been surprised to wake up and see Kansas won the title.

Fans watching on the jumbotron at Allen Fieldhouse weren’t surprised, though. While enduring and surviving the gamut of emotions, they kept the faith. Fans Eyewitness News spoke to said they had a feeling the Jayhawks would emerge victorious, even if it took a record comeback to do it.

“At halftime it felt like we were down so much,” KU student Thomas Barton said. “But they really dug in like they’ve done all season and pulled out for the victory, and we couldn’t be prouder.”

One fan simply thought, “Why not us?”

“You know, 15 down, you’re thinking ‘no way,’” KU grad Joel Hood said. “But if anybody could come back from 15 points, it’s got to be KU.”

It may have seemed hopeless to many watching from afar, but inside Allen Fieldhouse, the possibility of a comeback never left.

“I said we’re going to have the largest comeback deficit in the history of the national championship,” fan Chris Rivers Jr. said. “This is not a team to doubt. I had total faith that we were able to defend and it was going to be find. But it always comes down to the wire.

“If you go to school here, everybody’s invested in it, the way the students camp for the games, they work for these seats, they are invested in this program. You come to Allen Fieldhouse and it doesn’t take long. This is a historic building. If you go to school here, you know what that history is like. It’s part of your DNA after awhile.”

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