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Fans crushed by KU’s exit from NCAA tournament

KU seniors Patrick Watkins, Holton, left, and Jay Ryan, of Garden City, can’t contain their disappointment at Johnny’s Tavern, 401 N. Second St., during Sunday’s game against Virginia Commonwealth University. Kansas fans filled local bars to take in the game between No. 1-seed KU and No. 11-seed VCU, but the mood soured early as the Rams dominated the game. KU lost 71-61.

KU seniors Patrick Watkins, Holton, left, and Jay Ryan, of Garden City, can’t contain their disappointment at Johnny’s Tavern, 401 N. Second St., during Sunday’s game against Virginia Commonwealth University. Kansas fans filled local bars to take in the game between No. 1-seed KU and No. 11-seed VCU, but the mood soured early as the Rams dominated the game. KU lost 71-61.

March 27, 2011, 1:59 p.m. Updated March 28, 2011, 12:38 a.m.

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Jayhawk fans disappointed by loss to VCU

Fans Robin Carver and Dwight Clarkson were among the thousands in Lawrence let down by KU’s loss to VCU. The two shared their thoughts on the end of what had been a successful season. Enlarge video

KU fans descend on downtown Lawrence for big game

Jayhawk fans Chris Dunagan, James Koop and Esther Koop, and Matt Meyer talk about why they ventured to downtown Lawrence to watch Sunday’s Elight Eight game in the NCCA Tournament. Enlarge video

Kansas fans watch the Jayhawks take on VCU in an Elite Eight matchup Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Lawrence.

Kansas fans watch the Jayhawks take on VCU in an Elite Eight matchup Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Buffalo Wild Wings in downtown Lawrence.

Snow showers only dampened the mood of Jayhawk fans who poured out onto Massachusetts Street Sunday after Kansas University’s heartbreaking loss to Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Just another March Madness letdown,” Andrew DeBoest said.

He was among a trio of KU seniors who were on their way home after watching the game at Quinton’s, 615 Mass.

“We were ranked No. 1, and it was ours to lose,” said DeBoest, who was among the thousands of Jayhawk fans in Lawrence stunned by KU’s 71-61 loss.

DeBoest’s friend Mary Suellentrop said the seniors were hoping to bookend their college years with NCAA titles. They were freshmen when KU won the 2008 National Championship.

“We were looking for a freshman/senior win. We thought it was our year,” Suellentrop said.

The mood was just as bleak for the fans leaving Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Mass.

“Next year,” KU alumna Heather Dover said.

“We keep saying next year, but then we keep blowing it,” her friend Robin Carver said.

They were among a group of 12 who had racked up a bar tab of over $1,000 as they watched the game.

“That’s how much we support our team,” Carver said.

The loss wasn’t easy for Buffalo Wild Wings general manager Chris Smith to take, either.

“I can hear the sales going down the drain,” Smith said as the crowd shuffled out the door. But it was more than just money.

“We want to see them win just as bad as everyone else does,” he said.

Earlier in the day the spirit was much more jovial at the restaurant. Nearly four hours before tipoff, fans began staking out seats for the big game.

Among the first to arrive was James Koop, who came from Blue Springs, Mo., with his family.

Along with a full wardrobe of crimson and blue, Koop proudly displayed a Jayhawk tattoo on his calf.

“It’s KU, one of the best teams in the nation,” Koop said. “We are winning this.”

The restaurant was full by 11 a.m. An hour before the game, the bar replayed the final five minutes of KU’s 2008 championship game against Memphis.

Matt Meyer had been at the restaurant since 9:45 a.m. and was ready for a win.

“I’m feeling pretty confident. The team is kind of on a mission right now,” he said.

Tom Wilkerson, owner of Jayhawk Spirit, 935 Mass., also was optimistic about KU’s chances going into Sunday’s game.

“I really feel good about this bracket,” Wilkerson said.

He was wearing the store’s biggest seller — thanks to actor Charlie Sheen — a T-shirt that read “Winning! Duh.” Next to the catchphrase was a Jayhawk.

Wilkerson had hoped the next big seller would have been the Final Four shirts in Jayhawk colors that were already at the store, but not yet for sale.

“We’ll start selling them as soon as they win,” he said.

That never happened.

By half-time, the atmosphere had turned a “little grim” at Free State Brewing Company, 636 Mass.

Joy Harris was among the couple dozen people perched around the bar watching the game.

“I’m a little anxious. But I still have hope,” she said just as KU was starting to mount a comeback in the second half.

The hope dwindled in the final minutes of the game as VCU once again established a healthy lead. As the seconds ticked down, fans at Buffalo Wild Wings began heading outside into the snowy weather.

“We gave it away,” Dwight Clarkson said with a shrug.

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geekin_topekan 3 years ago

"DeBoest’s friend Mary Suellentrop " +++

can rearrange her name to spell Leaner Lusty Romp

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KUSMABT 3 years ago

ROCK "CHOKE" JAYHAWKS, HOW SWEET IT IS!! GLAD TO SEE THE BOYS CRY, THEY MUST HAVE SOME LEFTOVER ROY WILLIAMS DISEASE "CRYBABYITIS" . WHEN YOU WIN BEATING UP ON LITTLE GUYS IN YOUR HOUSE EVERYONE IS LAUGHING AND YOU SEE YOURSELVES AS ALL THAT, WELL IN THE TOURNAMENT AND ON THE ROAD WHEN THE LITTLE GUYS GET TIRED OF BEING BULLIED THEY KICKED YOUR BUTT AND PUT YOU IN YOUR PLACE, 35-3 DON'T MEAN SQUAT WHEN YOUR SITTING AT HOME WATCHING THE GAME, ROCK "CHOKE" ON YOUR TEARS JAYHAWKS. PLAY SOME MID MAJORS ON THERE COURTS OR ARE YOU AFRAID TO GO TO N. IOWA, VCU, BRADLEY, UTEP, AND SO ON. HAHAHAHAHAH LOSERS!!!!!

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KUSMABT 3 years ago

ROCK "CHOKE" JAYHAWKS, HOW SWEET IT IS!! GLAD TO SEE THE BOYS CRY, THEY MUST HAVE SOME LEFTOVER ROY WILLIAMS DISEASE "CRYBABYITIS" . WHEN YOU WIN BEATING UP ON LITTLE GUYS IN YOUR HOUSE EVERYONE IS LAUGHING AND YOU SEE YOURSELVES AS ALL THAT, WELL IN THE TOURNAMENT AND ON THE ROAD WHEN THE LITTLE GUYS GET TIRED OF BEING BULLIED THEY KICKED YOUR BUTT AND PUT YOU IN YOUR PLACE, 35-3 DON'T MEAN SQUAT WHEN YOUR SITTING AT HOME WATCHING THE GAME, ROCK "CHOKE" ON YOUR TEARS JAYHAWKS. PLAY SOME MID MAJORS ON THERE COURTS OR ARE YOU AFRAID TO GO TO N. IOWA, VCU, BRADLEY, UTEP, AND SO ON. HAHAHAHAHAH LOSERS!!!!!

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bjones73 3 years ago

ROCK?? CHALK????? SHOCKED!!!! HAAAA!!!!!!

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jayhawklawrence 3 years ago

1 lost game is not going to make me forget how much of a joy it was watching these young men pour their hearts out for us this entire season.

...and then to have their leader apologize in tears for letting us down.

No, I am proud of these guys. I love every one of them.

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smileyface40 3 years ago

Not everyone who lives in Lawrence is a Jayhawk fan, and I for one am extremely happy they lost. I agree with earlier posts that it makes no sense how a town is so overwhelmed with a team that it doesn't know how to do anything else. So now that the tournament is over for this town, what will you all do now??? Boo hoo they lost. So what...so did a lot of teams. One team has to win and one has to lose, it just so happened to be KU that lost. Get over it and move on..

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pigballin 3 years ago

Can't expect to go far in the NCAA playing in a weak basketball conference and having weak guard play. It was just a matter of time before the collapse.

Self is probably the best coach this school will get,,but he is not one of the best coaches for getting recruits now. He has yet to convince me that he knows how to play his guards. He has too much of that old Okie style ballin in him. Just throw the ball around outside and shoot if you get open.

I think these AAU coaches of these highly sought HS players recognize this and steer the kids away from KU..the Josh Selby experience didn't help Self in future recruiting.. In the long run Selby would have been the key in todays game had Self played him a lot of minutes at the first of the year instead of Turnover no Shoot Taylor, who never seems to get it right with a ball in his hand.

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gl0ck0wn3r 3 years ago

Can't we be satisfied and happy that the guys played a clean, safe game? Can't we be happy with the fine display of sportsmanship by the young scholar athletes? Winning and losing is secondary to how one plays the game.

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gvnobas 3 years ago

Let's Gooo...let's gooo... Let's Gooo V-C-U.... All hail the Gold and Black!

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notajayhawk 3 years ago

Uh oh, looks like a certain troll's posts are starting to disappear. Why don't you keep talking and go for the whole disappearededness?

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salad 3 years ago

VCU were amazing today, however, we woulda won if we didn't have such a spectacularly bad shooting percentage. It was clear that KU was somehow rattled.

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Hey, Kaibab, don't PM me anymore. You are tiresome.

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shotgun 3 years ago

Two words..........Philadelphia Arrogance.........the twins are not ready for prime time.

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rockchalker52 3 years ago

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like_n_Lawrence 3 years ago

It's my fault. I forgot the crimson and blue M & M's this year in the Jayhawk candy jar....sorry...

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TJ_in_Lawrence 3 years ago

Everyone knows that on any given day, the worst team in the country can beat the best team in the country. It was just a bad day to have a bad day. It's a game and it's supposed to be for entertainment. If you live and die by the Jayhawks winning or losing, then you don't have much to look forward to in your life. I love the Hawks. I'm proud of them and the great year that they have had. Kudos to Bill Self too, for being a great coach, when they win and a great coach when his team loses. Come on November!!!

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CardHawkFan 3 years ago

Garbage...garbage. The whole thing was garbage. I typically love the NCAA tourney, but this is a joke. So what if VCU wins it all? You're telling me they are the best team in America? Seriously flawed. Apparently the tournament director and the BCS guy must have had a few lunches together this year and the BCS director gave out the advice of having a first four. KU might as well not even play a regular season next year because apparently conference championships don't mean anything anymore. Next year Bill, rest your guys, go .500 in conference so we can have our players ready for NCAA play. Why waste your time on accomplishing things during the regular season. You too could get a first four bid, play well beyond your capabilities and make everyone forget you did nothing important all season! Garbage! NCAA got this wrong and KU paid the price because a mediocre team was able to find their luck behind the arc! Rock Chalk! We still believe in you boys!

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notajayhawk 3 years ago

KU fans have nothing to be crushed about. You guys have a tremendous team that made a great run. There are a lot of reasons there are so many upsets in the tournament. That's why we HAVE a tournament, and why people watch it. Whether or not all your underclassmen return, I'm fairly confident you'll have yet another great team next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. I've been living out here for 20 years now, and ya' know what? I don't remember too many of what other programs refer to as 'rebuilding' years. You can't win it all every year - leave SOME of the trophies for the rest of us, will ya'?

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Flap Doodle 3 years ago

Who wasn't ready today? "San Antonio — Marcus Morris bounced a basketball while walking down an Alamodome hallway with brother Markieff and TBS announcer Craig Sager on Thursday afternoon. Small talk was interrupted when a cart carrying a couple Richmond players drove by. “You boys better be ready,” Morris, Kansas University’s junior forward..." http://www2.kusports.com/news/2011/mar/25/sweet-talking-marcus-morris-has-words-wisdom-spide/?mens_basketball

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CaptainCholesterol 3 years ago

[They were among a group of 12 who had racked up a bar tab of over a $1,000 as they watched the game.]

“That’s how much we support our team,” Carver said.

Hmmm, so your support for a team is measured in how much beer and wings you consume? Only in Kansas . . .

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jsbreith 3 years ago

gvnobas, not every KU fan is a drunken screaming nut walking around giving hi-fives. I often wonder what makes people so hateful! What is it with you and dsplawrence? Do you get pleasure bad mouthing basketball fans or just people in general? Why don't you guys go on another site where you can blog about something that's important to you! You don't need to put the dagger in any further!

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domino 3 years ago

WOW! Got the trolls out on this story! I'm proud to be a Jayhawk fan - always have been - always will be. A true fan is a fan thru good and thru bad - none of this "fair weather" crap. Do I wish things were different? Do I wish we had won? Do I wish that I could watch this group of guys win 2 more games? Do I wish that my basketball season wasn't over? YES!!! But tomorrow, I'll get up - put on one of my KU shirts and go to work - and start counting the days until basketball season starts again! Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Go KU!! FOE!!!!!

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Richard Heckler 3 years ago

These "unknowns" coming in and doing well kinda keeps us grounded. Both games I watched this VCU team play = hard,fast and some awesome 3 pointers.

But hey what the hell. KU had a great season. Too much emphasis is placed on the final four. Life will go on.

It is not the end of the world. Bill has had several very good years. Bill wins a lot of games.... the bottom line.

In the last 20 years I cannot remember KU having a anything but good basketball....

While I believe the twins get a little rowdy on the floor sometimes it seems like a pro team would want both these guys on the same team.

Meanwhile next season is just around the corner. Let's get on with it.

Basketball season has come and now finished until next season. Gardening is the next season on the table...... time to start growing.

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jsbreith 3 years ago

Wow dsplawrence, you are a cranky ole' soul today.

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gvnobas 3 years ago

wondering = wandering

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gvnobas 3 years ago

YES! No more basketball! No more waking up from primitive drunken screaming,. no bros wondering around giving hi-fives. Hopefully we won't even make it into the tournament next year.

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dsplawrence 3 years ago

It is 'do or die' because, as we all know, college basketball (only a notch above high school basketball) mirrors real life decisions and outcomes.

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cannon 3 years ago

This is a matter of overconfidence causing the loss. Not just the team, but Self himself displayed so much overconfidence. How did the team and Self think VCU made it to the Elite 8? By luck? I don't think so. It was woefully obvious from the opening minutes of the game that KU was unprepared mentally. The four teams that made it into the Final Four are there because they deserve to be, thru hard work and plenty of preparation. KU can't continue to ride on the past, it needs to face up to the fact that every game is do or die, and today it was die.

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grammaddy 3 years ago

Win or lose... ride or die...Rock Chalk Jayhawks 24/7/365 !!!

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dsplawrence 3 years ago

Their loss is my victory.

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clorox 3 years ago

Please dont hurt yourself KU fans. The sun will come up tomorrow. I love VCU.

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dsplawrence 3 years ago

HaHaHa.

I hate sports, and I particularly hate all of these clones who walk around this town by the thousands in identical blue Jayhawk T-shirts. The photo of the two frat-types looking as though they've just learned that their trust funds have been taken away from them has really made my day. Too bad this town's identity hinges upon a college sports team. Boo hoo.

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