Among the welcome signs, fight songs and the iconic Jayhawk logo, former members of the KU student-body grazed the ballroom of the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. The University of Kansas Alumni Association hosts a pre-game party for each of the men’s basketball NCAA Tournament games.
With the basketball team’s treks to venues across the country, Jayhawks in America’s major cities are able to reunite with classmates while witnessing Kansas’ performance on the biggest stage in college basketball.
“There’s no other school, in my opinion, that has the same kind of spirit,” said KU graduate Scott Seyfarth. “You really don’t understand if you’re a student at KU until you’re out and you’re an alum. Then you realize what you have.”
What Seyfarth has is an instant relation to all Jayhawks through following Kansas basketball.
“You can be in Europe, you can be in Canada, you can be anywhere,” said Seyfarth. “When you get a bunch of people here like this, who are all Jayhawks, the chemistry is phenomenal.”
Seyfarth has connected with friends from the past when KU reaches the final stages of the NCAA Championship.
“I’ve been to Final Fours in New Orleans, San Antonio and Indianapolis—you name it,” said Seyfarth.
This year, he’s confident he’ll be seeing some familiar faces. Kansas unexpectedly earned a bid for the South region of the tournament bracket. With the top-overall seed reaching the Sweet Sixteen, KU could have been playing in the Seyfarth family’s backyard in Chicago.
“We were somewhat disappointed that they didn’t choose the Midwest bracket for the Jayhawks.” He then paused and revealed, “We’ll probably skip Louisville, but we will be in Houston.”
Before a trip to NRG Stadium, Kansas must venture through the second weekend of the post-season in Louisville, KY. The Jayhawks Sweet 16 game will be Thursday against the winner of Maryland and Hawaii.