As soon as Madison Hess saw that Kansas was going to do it, finally do it, and make it to the Final Four after falling just short the last two years, she rushed out of a bar and onto Massachusetts Street.
"It's Sunday night," Hess yelled over the cheers of her fellow KU fans. "We're still going to turn up."
She wasn’t the only Jayhawk diehard to take to the streets in celebration. The main downtown street in Lawrence was filled with fans in minutes after KU’s overtime victory over Duke, as students, alums and fans ran wild past the desperate few cars trying to get through.
"I didn't expect this team to get this far," Jay Fisher, a 37-year-old KU fan from Bonner Springs said as he walked on the outskirts of the mass celebration. "It's nice to be the underdog and pull one off."
Police watched the screaming crowd. One officer even had to coax a fan out of a tree. As of 9 p.m., police reported no arrests.
Shortly after the game ended, Kansas Athletics officials announced the team was expected to arrive at Allen Fieldhouse about 11 p.m.
One man revved his motorcycle. Horns honked loudly all across downtown, school chants broke out constantly.
When a white pickup truck found itself in the middle of the crowd on Massachusetts Street, near the Jocks Nitch sporting goods store, it became filled with KU fans, dancing, jumping, even celebrating, smudging footprints into the white paint, until one woman in the car pleaded with them to get off the backside of the vehicle.
The fate of the truck is not known at this time.
As the sun set, fans were still partying but the crowd had thinned. They left behind beer cans, crushed to bits.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, there was a faux nun called "Sister Jayhawk," who started dancing with a crowd of fans, evoking the famous Sister Jean from fellow Final Four team Loyola University Chicago.
"Everyone needs a nun," said Laura Sellers, a 54-year-old KU fan from Lawrence who donned the outfit. "It worked tonight. We're going to keep doing it until we lose."
Getting past a game like Sunday's, an Elite Eight challenge against a fellow blue-blood program, is the hard part, and falling short in a game like this had become a new ritual for KU fans to suffer through.
"I was hoping to be here, I didn't necessarily expect us to go this far," Kendra Pittman Irwin, a 43-year-old KU fan who lives in Lawrence, said during halftime. "But they have shined in this tournament."
Anxiety like this was nothing new for the Kansas faithful.
"It is (different)," Chris Kiger, a 33-year-old fan from Ottawa, Kan. said during halftime. "Kind of feel like we, we've got a good team."
What is usually a sleepy weekend afternoon for Massachusetts Street, the main downtown spot in Lawrence, became a focal point as Kansas fans young and old crowded the college town’s bars to watch the game.
The victory gave the Jayhawks their first Final Four appearance since their 2012 run to the national championship game, where they lost to Kentucky. A loss would have meant the third straight season of falling apart in the Elite Eight.
Last year, it was the Oregon Ducks giving fans fits. This year, it was the Duke Blue Devils who were the subject of their scorn.
The fans wanted better shots and bemoaned when they didn't get fouls they felt the team deserved.
It was a game of alley-oop catching and dunking, Goliath versus Goliath, fighting for every inch with some fried food in one hand and a beer in the other for the fans who filled the bars and restaurants on Massachusetts Street.
And after nearly losing the game in regulation, KU pulled away in the end.
"It's beautiful," Charlie Evans, an 18-year-old KU fan said, during the Mass St celebration. "The way this town loves that team. It's incredible. There's nothing like it."