Saturday night, sports fans across America will be focused on Lawrence, KS, for the University of Kansas' game against Texas.
The excitement was already building Saturday morning.
The ESPNU telecast began at 9 a.m., then at 10 a.m. Allen Fieldhouse took the spotlight on ESPN with an enthusiastic crowd in the stands. The morning events were free.
The excitement picked up about 8:30 a.m. when show co-host Digger Phelps arrived and brought the crowd to their feet by beginning the Rock Chalk chant.
One lucky KU student will be selected from the crowd to attempt a half-court shot during the broadcast.
Several students made it clear they want to be the one because it could be a big help with tuition.
He or she has 18 seconds to make the shot, and success means $18,000.
One of the ESPN crew members said students have been 2 for 4 on the challenge this season, which is a pretty good success rate for the students selected.
The last winner prompted a storming of the court.
At halftime of the game against Texas, Jayhawks legend Mario Chalmers will have his No. 15 jersey retired.
Since leaving KU in 2008, Chalmers has already won an NBA title with the Miami Heat.
But KU fans will always remember him for the his tying 3-pointer that led to an overtime win against Memphis for the national title in his final year.
"He's probably seen it a quarter of the times that I have because I've seen it a lot, but I'm sure he'll enjoy seeing it again many times," KU head coach Bill Self said.
ESPN GameDay will be doing its evening telecast at 7 p.m., right before the matchup. To watch its telecast live and in person will require a ticket to the game.
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