The Kansas Jayhawks basketball program has solid out 324-straight games dating back to the 2001-2002 season. But that could be at risk come this Saturday when Lawrence, Kansas is expected to receive five to eight inches of snow, as KU gets set to tip off at home against George Mason at 4:00 CST.
It’s a perfect storm, no pun intended, for the possibility of this streak ending as they play a mediocre non-conference opponent in the middle of what could end up being a serious winter storm.
But Kansas head coach Bill Self is challenging his fan base to show up on Saturday and keep that sell-out streak going. He told the media on Wednesday, “The best fans in America have got to deliver when they’re called. And this is something that you think our fans would expect us to play well on Saturday, regardless if it’s cold or not, or regardless of if it’s a cancellation. So we expect our fans to purchase and we expect them to be here because that’s what the best does.”
Self went on to explain that if these tickets to the George Mason game go on sale to the public in the next 48 hours, because this game is not part of the season ticket package, so tickets to this game could end up going on sale to the public for as low as $15 per ticket. Self added, “We’ve given our donors, I could be a little bit off, emails out to give them the opportunity to repurchase their season tickets, where they are right now. And they have until noon tomorrow to let us know, they want to do that. And all of them have gotten emails and all that stuff… And, then it goes on sale to the public… and ticket prices are 25, 20 and 15 dollars. So it’ll be the least expensive ticket that fans could come watch us play probably since the mid 90s. It’s something like that, certainly the least expensive [ticket] since I’ve been here.”
So now, we wait to see how bad the snow storm is in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, and then how passionate KU fans are about keeping the streak going before taking on George Mason at 4:00 this weekend.