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KU fans enjoy win

April 2, 2008

Massachusetts Street exploded with a sea of fans shortly after Davidson's final shot bounced off of the backboard securing the 13th Final Four appearance for the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday.

Traffic stopped on the busy street in Lawrence after the Jayhawks win.

Rain poured, but students didn't care.

They were overjoyed at the fact that their team was still alive in the NCAA tournament.

They also started focusing on the next game. Kansas plays former Jayhawks coach Roy Williams and North Carolina at 7:45 p.m. Saturday in San Antonio.

"We are going to the Final Four to play Roy. We get to exorcise some demons that have been hanging over this program," said senior student Bobby Carter. "We have been waiting five years to get our shot at Roy; this is our chance."

Carter's brother, and fellow University of Kansas student, Jimmy chose to focus on North Carolina as a whole.

"They can't beat us in a running game, they don't play any defense," Carter said.

Confidence in the athletic department at the University of Kansas is at an all time high.

Earlier this year, the Jayhawks knocked off Virginia Tech, 17-14, to win the Orange Bowl.

Now, Kansas is going to the NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four for the third time in the past seven years.

At approximately 1 a.m. Monday the Carters joined about 5,000 of their fellow students and fans at Allen Fieldhouse to welcome home the team.

Senior guard Russell Robinson had the net from Ford Field, the site of the victory earlier in the day, draped around his neck. Senior forward Darnel Jackson held the Midwest Regional Trophy over his shoulder, raising it a few times into the air.

Coach Bill Self took the microphone when the crowd finally calmed down said, "Thanks guys," causing the crowd to erupt again. "Are these guys studs or what?"

After about seven minutes of speeches, the Jayhawks walked off to applause.

Fans made their way out the door as the "Rock Chalk" chant started.

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