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Fans plot bracket revenge

Jayhawk faithful await NCAA route

March 11, 2007

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— Sure, Kansas fans want their Jayhawks today to win the Big 12 Tournament title, land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and be ticketed to play in the Midwest Regional with a first-round game Friday in Chicago.

Consensus stuff.

But start inquiring about who folks want in KU's bracket and - well, let's just say KU fans have a taste for revenge.

Erik Hansey wants Illinois as the No. 8 or 9 seed, giving KU coach Bill Self an opportunity to beat his former school. Then Louisville as the No. 4 seed, so that David Padgett could feel what it's like to lose to the team from which he transferred.

On the No. 2 line: North Carolina, coached by former KU head man Roy Williams.

And in the first round?

"Anybody that's not a 'B' school," Hansey said. "Not Belmont."

But David Huckabee says bring the B on. And on.

"I want Bucknell, to get that off our back. Then Bradley," said Huckabee, a junior at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, of the teams who bounced KU from the tournament in the first round in each of the past two tournaments. "Oral Roberts won their tournament, so we could get them, too.

"Mizzou won't make it, or that would be perfect."

Sara Narges says she has a better idea: Dump Duke from the tournament.

Six times in a row.

"I hate Duke," said Narges, whose father, Marvin Clothier, played football at KU. "Any game - every game - against Duke would be great."

The potential matchups won't be revealed, of course, until the official NCAA Selection Show, set for 5 p.m. today on channels 5 and 13. KU players, coaches and their families will be watching from the Ford Center before heading to the airport for a trip back to Lawrence and, eventually, hitting the Road to the Final Four.

Then it's first things first.

"I don't think it really matters who we see in our bracket," said freshman guard Brady Morningstar, from Lawrence. "I just think it all comes down to not losing in the first round again - just trying to prove to people we're actually as good and capable as we are and have been in the past."

Comments

Richard Heckler 8 years, 1 month ago

If KU stops Durant we can win for sure. Last night Durant seemed to be showing a bit of over confidence so Jayhawkers don't you ever get in that mode not even if you are playing Newton High School. The Texas team relies way too much on Durant soooooo keep Durant at bay.

The media feeds the Durant ego on and on. They don't know when to keep quiet. Jayhawks DO NOT let great comments about your abilities get in the way of playing great basketball.

bthom37 8 years, 1 month ago

hurlehey_boy

Aw, did someone get picked last in gym class?

Mike Blur 8 years, 1 month ago

Stopping Durant should be defined as holding him under 35. I felt lucky that KU did hold Durant to 34 last time--he could have scored 60 the way he was going.

There should be a sizable KU contingent at the Ford Center--and every little bit will help!

Looking forward to an exciting, well-played game today by both teams.

....and we better start tightening up those free throws....

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