There had never been an NCAA Tournament game played in Iowa’s capital city until this year, and now Des Moines gets a dream doubleheader in the second round.
Kansas plays Connecticut in a South Region second-round game around 6:45 p.m. Saturday after Kentucky takes on Indiana in an East Region game that starts at 4:15 p.m. Both games are on CBS.
Secondary-market tickets started at $150 for Saturday’s session with a pair near courtside going for $1,175 on StubHub.
It’s not often the Jayhawks find themselves with the fewest NCAA championships in a regional grouping.
But Kansas’ three brings up the rear to Kentucky’s eight, Indiana’s five and Connecticut’s four.
The Jayhawks, top-ranked and top-seeded, are favored against the No. 9 seed Huskies in a battle of coaches who each have won a national title.
Bill Self won his in 2008. UConn’s Kevin Ollie has never lost an NCAA Tournament game, winning the 2014 title in his first appearance and taking down Colorado in the first round Thursday.
The fourth-seeded Wildcats and fifth-seeded Hoosiers bring some spice to their meeting. The storied programs are separated by about 180 miles, and Saturday will mark their 57th meeting. But they haven’t played in the regular season since 2011 and have no plans to renew the series.
“I don’t think there’s any door that couldn’t be opened again,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said.