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Kansas residents in funk after Shockers, Jayhawks losses

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Sunday was a down day for most Kansas residents.

The Wichita State Shockers and University of Kansas Jayhawks fell to lesser-seeded teams. Emporia native Clint Bowyers was racing hard for a NASCAR victory when unexpected vehicle issues knocked him out of contention with just a few laps left. The University of Missouri Tigers lost in the NIT.

So that had many of those in Kansas and the Kansas City area in a funk on Monday.

"It kinda takes the wind out of your sails a little bit," basketball fan Curtis Domann said. "I might ignore everything for a while."

The malaise is also affecting businesses that hoped Wichita State and KU would go deep in the tournament, bringing in additional dollars.

Johnny's Tavern has nine metro locations and will feel the on-court losses, especially the Jayhawks' season ending so soon.

"If we were playing in the Sweet 16 we would be packed in here on Thursday hours ahead of the game, standing room only," Johnny's Tavern owner Loie Riederer said. "If we had advanced to the Final Four it would have just multiplied, so it hurts."

Riederer, a KU graduate who opened his first tavern in Lawrence 32 years ago, and other business owners are hoping to rebound from some of this lost business with other sports.

This includes the Royals and Sporting KC.

One Big 12 team is bringing some green to area merchants.

"We may not be as busy right now, but Iowa State made it to the Sweet 16 so we'll be seeing those fans in this week," Rally House-Kansas Sampler spokesperson Kelly Neible said.

In the meantime, the hopes are that the Royals will bounce back and KU, the University of Missouri and Kansas State will have better seasons come fall. 

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