For the first time since 2003, the University of Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team is on its way to the NCAA Final Four.
Led by Coach Bill Self, the Jayhawks will match up against Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the first time ever that Self has coached a team in the Final Four, and the first time Williams will face KU in the tournament since his departure as the Hawks head coach five years ago.
To add to this highly anticipated match-up, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and North Carolina Governor Mike Easley have made a friendly wager of barbecue on the game.
If KU wins, Governor Easley will provide the Kansas Governor with some of North Carolina’s best barbeque. In the unlikely event that the Jayhawks are defeated, Governor Sebelius will send the North Carolina Governor a barbeque dinner for four, including great meat and other Kansas products, complements of Kansas City’s locally owned Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbeque.
Governor Sebelius is confident her Jayhawks will be victorious against North Carolina. She says, “It has been a spectacular season for the Jayhawks and I look forward to our victory on Saturday night and then I’ll continue celebrating with a taste of North Carolina barbeque.”
“Not only is North Carolina home to the finest basketball team in the nation, we also have the best barbecue in all the land,” Easley said. “I am as confident that UNC will advance to play for the national title as I am that I will be enjoying ribs and brisket from Kansas while cheering on the Heels in the NCAA championship game.”
The Jayhawks and the Tar Heels play in the NCAA tournament semifinals on Saturday, April 5, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This is the first time the two teams have met in the Final Four since 1993.