Kansas University basketball team members, coaches and others in the official KU party leave this evening for Charlotte, N.C., for the NCAA regional basketball tournament.
Regardless of how the team fares Thursday night against its opponent, Indiana, the winning performances of the Jayhawks in last week's sub-regional games in Louisville has provided a happy, enthusiastic lift for the entire state and all KU fans.
College sports can be overemphasized, and there are far too many abuses and excesses in sports these days. Too many news stories report ugly incidents revolving around sports at universities throughout the country.
In this environment, it is refreshing to observe the record, performance and conduct of the KU team this season. Last fall, various observers predicted the Jayhawks would finish in the lower half of the Big Eight conference. The season ended with KU as co-champions of the conference. They won their two games at last week's sub-regionals and now are one of the 16 surviving teams in the 295-member Division I of the NCAA.
The Thursday and Saturday wins in Louisville gave all Jayhawk fans a thrill, and they focused favorable national attention on KU and the entire state of Kansas. Team members and coaches are to be congratulated not only for their winning performance on the court but also for their winning and commendable performance off the court.
The 1990-91 basketball team is a "winner" in every respect.