The KU men’s basketball team is headed to its 30th Sweet 16 in the history of the NCAA Tournament.
Open practice, game times set
The public is invited to attend practices featuring the four teams that will be at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the NCAA Tournament’s South Regional. KU, the region’s top seed, will be on the court in Cowboys Stadium from 2:10 to 3 p.m. The Jayhawks’ opponent, the University of Michigan, starts the Thursday session at noon, followed by Florida Gulf Coast University at 1, and, after KU’s session, the University of Florida at 3:10.
KU’s Sweet 16 game against Michigan is set to tip off at 6:37 p.m. on Friday, followed by Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast. Winners advance to the Elite Eight on Sunday, with game times to be determined after the conclusion of Friday’s games.
Pep rally, pregame party info
The KU Alumni Association, along with Kansas Athletics and KUStore.com, will host a pregame party and pep rally for Jayhawk fans on Friday.
The festivities will take place at the Arlington Convention Center starting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The pregame party is free to attend, and there will be concessions, cash bars and parking on site ($20 per car). The convention center is within walking distance of Cowboys Stadium.
The pep rally, featuring the pep band, spirit squad and mascots, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the convention center.
Show your card!
Be sure to show your Alumni Association membership card at our table and receive a free, members-only gift! If you’re not already a member, visit www.kualumni.org/join today, and print out your purchase receipt to show to our staff members. Or, bring a copy of a recent email from the Alumni Association that shows your membership status at the bottom.
KU Alumni watch site
Don’t have tickets to the game? Head to the official KU Alumni watch site, Humperdink’s, at 700 Six Flags Drive, to watch the game with fellow Jayhawks. Be sure to send us your pictures of the watch party! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet them to us at @kualumni or post them on our Facebook page.
The KU men’s basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region, and lucky for us (and them!) it means they’ll play in Kansas City’s Sprint Center– where they won the Big 12 Championship last weekend.
The ‘Hawks will take on the No. 16 seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at 8:50 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 22.
Z-Strike will once again serve as the headquarters for Jayhawk fans, with a pregame party starting at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Alumni Association, Kansas Athletics and KUStore.com will be set up here with giveaways and KU gear available for purchase.
The KU pep band, spirit squad and mascots will take center stage at the pep rally at 5:15 p.m., though Big Jay likely won’t be sporting the adidas “camo” shorts this time.
If you’re a member of the Alumni Association, don’t forget your membership card! Show it at our table and you’ll receive a free, members-only gift.
We’re bringing March Madness to you!
This year, the Alumni Association is taking March Madness on the road. Staff members will host watch parties in eleven different cities on Friday and, should KU advance, on Sunday.
On Friday night, staff members will be in Washington, D.C. (The Bottom Line); Chicago (Lottie’s Pub); San Francisco (The Pub); Colorado Springs (Fox and Hound); Dallas (Park Tavern) and Wichita (Larry Bud’s).
If KU wins on Friday, staff will attend watch parties in New York City (Cornerstone Tavern); Minneapolis (Tiffany Sports Lounge); Los Angeles (The Parlor); Denver (Stoney’s); Houston (Coaches Midtown) and Wichita (Larry Bud’s).
Members can show their cards at the staff-hosted watch parties and receive a free gift.
If you’re near any of these cities, we’d love to meet you! And if you’re not, click here to find a list of official Alumni Association watch sites around the country.
Now the team is headed to Dallas this week as a No. 7 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.
The KU Alumni Association will be there to rally Jayhawks at a pregame party at the team’s hotel, the Fairmont, on Friday, Mar. 8. We’ll gather in the Pyramid Restaurant & Bar starting at 6 p.m.
If you’re an Alumni Association member, be sure to show your membership card and receive a free gift! All KU alumni, fans and friends are invited to join the fun at this free event.
The KU pep band, spirit squad and mascot will also be in attendance to help send off the team, who will take on TCU again at 8:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center. The arena is less than a mile from the hotel.
Looking for tickets to the game? Click here for ticket information.
If KU advances to the next round, we’ll do it all again on Saturday. Join us in the lobby area of the Fairmont at 4 p.m. before the 6 p.m. game.
Help show your support for the Jayhawks and join us in Dallas!
If you’re not already a member of the KU Alumni Association, click here to join. Be sure to show your membership card at the event to receive a free gift!
Jack Eskridge, a 1950 graduate of the KU School of Education and life member of the KU Alumni Association, was a U.S. Marine who witnessed both flag raisings on Iwo Jima. He played basketball at KU, professionally for two years in Chicago and Indianapolis, coached a championship team at Atchison High, assisted coach Phog Allen for five years, and in 1959 joined yet another coach legend, Tom Landry, who hired Eskridge as the Dallas Cowboys’ first equipment manager a year before the team played its first game. Once there, Eskridge took it upon himself to improve the team’s plain white star, designing the now-iconic blue star with white border that still graces Cowboys’ uniforms.
Eskridge left the Cowboys in 1973 to return to coaching, spending 10 years in Richardson, Texas, before moving to Independence, Mo. He retired to Valley Falls, but continued to help kids as a teacher and coach at Jefferson West High. Mr. Eskridge died Monday in Valley Falls at 89.