As the Jayhawks get ready to play in the Sweet 16, fans are getting ready to watch the game on Friday, even if it means moving up Good Friday.
The University of Kansas' basketball team loaded up and left Allen Fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon. There is no doubt the town of Lawrence, KS, is buzzing because, it seems, the Jayhawks are a religion of sorts, especially on Good Friday.
"I think it's important for us to observe that at least once a year and then worship the Jayhawks as well," said choir director Kim Stewart.
The United Methodist church in Lecompton, KS, is located about 14 miles northwest of Lawrence, KS, and it had a bit of a scheduling problem - their Good Friday service tipped about 7 p.m. Friday, but so do the Jayhawks.
"We didn't want to eliminate anyone or have to make them make a choice. We helped them with that decision by changing our church service from 7 to 5:45 p.m., so we'll be out of here by the time the Jayhawks tipoff," Stewart said.
On campus the Jayhawks hit the practice court behind closed doors and the ticket office was slow because they've already sold out of their Sweet 16 allotment of tickets.
The fan shop, however, was not slow as Sweet 16 shirts have been flying off the racks
"I got two brothers down in Dallas, TX, so I've got to get them a couple because I'm on my way down there to go to the game," Tom Steimmetz said.
"It's always good the further the team goes - people are excited about this year," said Amber Temple, a manager at a KU fan store.
And, as the Jayhawks loaded up, KU students already had their predictions.
"76-72 KU," student Terry Graves said.
"I'm gonna go 87-80 us (KU)," student Jake Fain said.
"65-57 - obviously KU wins," student Tallie Friesen said.
And parishioners at Lecompton United Methodist will be able to watch it all.
"We thought it would be best to just move the service instead of trying to hope everyone would make the right choice," Stewart said with a laugh.
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