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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The crowd erupted in cheers for KU as Landen Lucas sat up off the hard wood after successfully earning a charge call against Maryland. As he stood up and walked the court the cheers got even louder. The fans were there for Kansas.
The Jayhawks defeated the Maryland Terrapins in that game 79-63 and punched their ticket into the Elite Eight. Something that hadn’t happened since 2012 when the Jayhawks made it all the way to the national championship game.
But the fans who cheer, the fans who wave goodbye as opposing fans exit the building early, and especially those who chant the Rock Chalk Chant in the final minute of the game, they boost the team.
“It means a lot, these fans, they mean so much to us and they give us a lot of energy,” said Perry Ellis.
The cheers and excitement from the fans make the team feel like they aren’t on the road. Even in what some would consider a hostile area of Louisville, Kentucky the Jayhawks feel right at home.
“We feed off of them and it’s kind of like having Allen Field House right here, and it keeps us motivated,” said Devonte’ Graham.
The Jayhawks and Wildcats are going to be fighting to punch their ticket to this years Final Four in Houston, Tx. The game will tip off at 8:40 p.m. eastern time at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.