If they can get tickets to the Final Four, Kansas University students Brad Silver and Ken Doresky will be making a road trip to Indianapolis.
The two Jayhawk loyalists signed up this morning for tickets to KU's game against North Carolina. The athletic department reopened its ticket lottery today for Jayhawk fans who want to be in the stands Saturday.
Silver, an Overland Park senior, and Doresky, an Overland Park sophomore, were vying for two of 434 student tickets up for grabs today. The athletic department was allotted a total of 3,000 Final Four tickets. Five hundred tickets are earmarked for students, 375 for faculty and staff members, and the remainder for Williams Educational Fund contributors, various KU administrators and the team and coaches.
The athletic department held an advanced ticket signup on Feb. 22, when 204 people 66 students and 138 faculty and staff members requested tickets. Fans who signed up then are guaranteed a spot at Saturday's game, said Diana Miller, ticket manager.
Fans have until 5 p.m. today to sign up for the remaining tickets. Miller said that as of noon only about 175 students and 54 faculty and staff had applied today for tickets.
In the unlikely event that KU fans do not use up their allotment of 3,000 tickets, they will be available for public purchase at the Hoosierdome in Indianapolis, the site of Saturday's game.
ASKED IF it was likely he'd get a ticket to KU's first Final Four appearance since 1988, Silver said, "I hope so. If we get tickets, we'll road trip. Definitely. It's cheaper, and it's safer."
Silver had an advantage over Doresky because he has an all-sports season ticket for the 1990-91 season. Bob Frederick, KU athletic director, said 75 percent of the 500 student tickets would go to season ticket holders.
Both Silver and Doresky said they'd followed the Jayhawks throughout the season. Doresky said he was surprised that KU earned a spot in the Final Four by upsetting the Razorbacks on Saturday.
"It was great," Doresky said. "I knew we'd win. . . . No, honestly I was pretty skeptical. I was glad we won."
Ali Sherman and Sean Hosford, both Overland Park juniors, also plan to drive to Indianapolis if they get tickets. Sherman said the odds probably weren't good.
Those who signed up for tickets today will find out at noon Tuesday if they'll get to go to the Final Four. A list of the lottery winners will be posted at the ticket office in Allen Fieldhouse.
Kathy Frederickson, a ticket clerk for the athletic department, said the office was swamped today with requests.
"EVERY OTHER call is a request," she said as the phones rang.
Miller said some eager fans arrived at the ticket office by 7 a.m. today.
Meanwhile, the KU Alumni Association is making plans for festivities before Saturday's game, which is scheduled to tip off at 4:39 p.m. CST.
Bill Woodard, assistant editor at the alumni association, said plans are under way for a 2 p.m. CST pep rally and cash bar at the Holiday Inn North, 3850 DePauw Blvd. in Indianapolis.
Woodard said the hotel, where the team will be staying, is about 15 miles from the Hoosierdome, where the games will be played.
He said videotapes of the first half of KU's game against Indiana and the second half of KU's game against Arkansas will be shown during the pep rally, which will feature the Pep Band, the Spirit Squad and the Crimson Girls.
Reservations are not required.