Kansas UniversityÃ¢ÂÂs 10-point loss to the University of Florida Friday night wasnÃ¢ÂÂt a pretty sight, but fans still wanted to see it.
Ã¢ÂÂThe SimpsonsÃ¢ÂÂ was over and patrons at Replay Lounge were ready to switch channels and watch KU menÃ¢ÂÂs basketball.
There was only one problem. Coach Roy Williams and company werenÃ¢ÂÂt on television. The only way to follow their game against Florida in New YorkÃ¢ÂÂs National Invitational Tournament was by radio.
Ã¢ÂÂThatÃ¢ÂÂs amazing,Ã¢ÂÂ Jeremy Sidener of Lawrence said as he sat dumbfounded, staring at the television in the bar at 946 Mass.
Nearby Morgan Bowen, a KU senior from Lawrence, was so upset his remarks couldnÃ¢ÂÂt be printed.
KU went into the game ranked No. 2 in the nation against an eighth-ranked Florida. The last time a top 10 KU team played another top 10 team without the TV cameras was Dec. 30, 1992, in the Maui Invitational. KU was ranked No. 2 at the time, and the opponent was No. 6 Michigan.
Wednesday nightÃ¢ÂÂs loss to North Carolina was televised by ESPN2. The sports network did not carry Friday nightÃ¢ÂÂs game, which started at 5:30 p.m. Central time.
At JohnnyÃ¢ÂÂs Tavern, 401 N. Second St., Lawrence residents Kurtis Houk and David Kearney also were upset.
Ã¢ÂÂWe can see all the local games and the pre-season games, but we canÃ¢ÂÂt watch two ranked teams play in a tournament,Ã¢ÂÂ Houk said disgustedly.
A few fans called KUÃ¢ÂÂs Sports Information office Friday asking whether the game was going to be on television, but there were was no deluge of phone calls from upset fans, said Scott Meyer, a student assistant who works in the office.
Jordan Haines, former president of the KU Alumni Association and former member of the Kansas Board of Regents, was upset.
Haines, a Wichita resident, said he spent most of his winters in California and never had any trouble picking up KU basketball games on digital satellite television.
Ã¢ÂÂNow I canÃ¢ÂÂt get this game in Wichita,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. Ã¢ÂÂItÃ¢ÂÂs beyond me. I canÃ¢ÂÂt fathom it.Ã¢ÂÂ
Haines said it was hard for him to listen to a game on the radio.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂll listen to it, but probably only for 10 minutes at a time,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. Ã¢ÂÂI canÃ¢ÂÂt sit for two hours at a time listening to the radio.Ã¢ÂÂ
There also was confusion about the lack of a televised game in Gainesville, Fla., where Florida has its campus. An employee at KazborÃ¢ÂÂs Sports Grille said she was surprised. She said she had been telling people the game would be on ESPN2.
Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂre still hoping we can find it on a satellite,Ã¢ÂÂ Pete Delmonico, an employee at the Purple Porpoise and Oyster Pub in Gainesville, said Friday afternoon.