Posted on Mar 23, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports
The KU men’s basketball team survived a close one in their first game of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, hanging on to beat Western Kentucky 64-57. The victory set up the Jayhawks to meet a familiar foe– the North Carolina Tar Heels, coached by former Kansas head coach of 15 years, Roy Williams.
KU fans around the world remember that in last year’s Elite Eight, the No. 2-seeded Jayhawks defeated the Tar Heels, a No. 1 seed, to advance to the Final Four.
And five years ago, another No. 1-seeded KU team beat a North Carolina squad that had earned the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks, of course, went on to win the National Championship that year.
Hilary and Jonathan Wingate, joint Path to Life Premium members of the KU Alumni Association, remember those games better than most.
Hilary, c’03, has always bled crimson and blue–much to the dismay of her husband, a former manager for the Tar Heels basketball team. The couple met when they both attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina.
They survived 2008’s historic Final Four matchup in San Antonio and married three months later in Lawrence. Their wedding day featured two shades of blue, representing both KU and Carolina; the same “house divided” flag they’d proudly waved in San Antonio; and the fight songs of both schools. The newly-married couple left their reception at the Adams Alumni Center through a crowd of family and friends waving crimson and blue and Carolina blue and white pom pons.
We’re sure the house divided flag is flying again at the Wingate home. Sorry, Jonathan, we’re rooting for the Jayhawks again!