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Jeff and Laura Jacobsen / Kansas Athletics

Coming out of the weekend, lots of fans in Lawrence and Manhattan were thrilled as their basketball teams advanced in the NCAA tournament.

But that also means some coaches are putting extra money in their pockets.

Hugo Phan / KMUW

Thousands of basketball fans will be in downtown Wichita this week for NCAA tournament activities. The sold-out games and street parties mean parking lots are going to fill up quickly.

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Need tickets?

As the NCAA men's basketball tournament prepares to open in Wichita this week, tickets for all three sessions at Intrust Bank Arena are long gone.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in town this week, a lot of street improvements have been underway ahead of Wichita’s time in the national spotlight.

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The University of Kansas will open NCAA Tournament play in Wichita on Thursday while Wichita State University and Kansas State University will hit the road for tournament openers on Friday.

Intrust Bank Arena

It’s crunch time for Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita as crews finish the final preparations for next week’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games.

This weekend, crews will be installing the NCAA’s hardwood court that arrived in Wichita this week. Carpet and seating will be added around the perimeter of the court. Most of the signage inside the arena will be covered.

Intrust and SMG General Manager A.J. Boleski says planning started in 2014 when Wichita was selected to host the games.

intrustbankarena.com

Outdoor community events related to next month’s NCAA basketball tournament in Wichita won’t have to shut down before midnight.

Wikipedia

Post-game:  

The Wichita State shockers fell to Miami in the second round of the NCAA Tournament losing 65-57. The game marks the end of an era for WSU senior guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet as well as forward Evan Wessel. The trio’s streak at WSU included Three Missouri Valley Conference titles and one MVC Tournament title.

Wikipedia

Post-game:

Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker combined for 29 points and Wichita State’s swarming defense did the rest as the Shockers beat Arizona 65-55 on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wichita State (26-8) will play Miami (26-7), the third seed in the South Region, on Saturday.

University of Kansas

A University of Kansas researcher has uncovered a rare audio recording of James Naismith, talking about the very first game of basketball, a game he invented. School officials believe this is the only known recording of Naismith.

In this 1939 radio interview, he talks about setting up the first basketball game in Massachusetts in 1891.

Hear the full interview here: http://exhibits.lib.ku.edu/exhibits/show/naismith150/collections/radio-interview

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