The Kansas Jayhawks became national champions once again on April 4, 2022 — topping the UNC Tar Heels 72-69, despite a rough start and 15-point deficit at the half — and pure joy filled the air in Lawrence.
Here’s our coverage of the atmosphere surrounding that historic moment. We don’t cover sports in a traditional sense (yet), but capturing the Jayhawk fan experience here at home has been an honor for our team.
THE MAGIC MOMENT
The Kansas Jayhawks are national champions once again, and pure joy has filled the air in Lawrence.
We asked KU fans out shopping for gear in downtown Lawrence Sunday about their plans for the big game, what they think of the vibe in Lawrence when the Jayhawks win, and what game day superstitions they have. Here’s what they had to say.
If seeing the Jayhawks play for the NCAA basketball national championship has always been on your bucket list, you’re probably going to need a bucket load of money — especially if you didn’t make plans in advance to go to New Orleans.
Despite thousands of people flooding the street to party Saturday, there were no serious injuries, accidents or property damage reported, according to Lawrence police. They hope that trend will continue Monday.
A big smile covered Nick Motosko’s face Sunday morning as he folded and stacked T-shirts highlighting the NCAA men’s basketball championship matchup between KU and North Carolina set for Monday night.
The Jayhawks made it look easy, holding a lead over the Villanova Wildcats for the entire Final Four matchup. And Lawrence was partying in the streets.
Mass Street shoppers, visitors and regulars were beginning to take advantage of the wide open street closed to vehicle traffic Saturday morning ahead of KU’s Final Four game against Villanova.
Massachusetts Street will come to life Saturday with a party ahead of the Kansas Jayhawks facing the Villanova Wildcats in the Final Four. But as the roads were closed in preparation Saturday morning, the street was almost empty.
The city will close Massachusetts Street in anticipation of — hopefully — large crowds of Jayhawk fans celebrating, according to a news release Monday.
Despite offensive struggles in the first half, the Kansas Jayhawks wowed the crowd and came back to top the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday, 76-50.
Basketball coach Bill Self, whose contract was scheduled to expire at the end of the 2021-22 season, signed a lifetime contract extension Friday to coach the Jayhawks, KU Chancellor Douglas Girod and Interim AD Kurt Watson announced.