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Scenes from outside Sprint Center as the Big 12 Tournament gets underway

03/12/2014 4:27 PM

03/12/2014 4:31 PM

Before Wednesday’s Big 12 Tournament games, fans lined up outside the Sprint Center to see how many foul shots they could make in 30 seconds.

One of the shooters was Jerry Kruger of Topeka, brother of Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger.

His score: Seven. Wonder if bro could do better?

Cellphones, followed by beer. Bad combo. A texting Texas fan fell down some stairs in the Power Light District. Not hurt. Unless you count his ego.

Stacy Chapek, a 43-year-old elementary school teacher from Lincoln, Neb., got a surprise when she and her family took a spring break trip to Kansas City to visit the College Basketball Experience.

She soon discovered a completely different college basketball experience when she learned that the Big 12 Tournament was in town.

“We had no idea, she said, throwing up her hands as she enjoyed music and other festivities in the Power Light District.

“Nebraska’s in the Big Ten now, so we don’t follow the Big 12,” she said.

It didn’t take her long to figure out something was going on. Her first clue: parking downtown was $30.

Will they go to the games?

“Sure,” she said. “If someone gives us tickets.”

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