During a regional final against North Carolina, the Livestrong Sporting Park videoboards aired the Kansas men’s basketball game essentially until Sporting Kansas City’s match March 25 against FC Dallas started.
A healthy smattering of Jayhawks fans could be spotted during the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying semifinal matches Saturday as Honduras beat El Salvador and Mexico topped Canada, which were played at roughly the same time as Kansas’ national semifinal win against Ohio State.
But the two sports were mutually exclusive Monday as the Jayhawks squared off with Kentucky for the NCAA championship at the Superdome in New Orleans.
There was very little crimson or blue at Livestrong aside from Mexico’s bright red and Honduras’ blue, though some televisions in the stadium’s numerous clubs were tuned to CBS.
• Mexico’s under-23 men’s national team claimed some shiny hardware to tote back home, but that was all either team was playing for aside from national pride.
Both teams already had qualified for the London Summer Games with victories Saturday in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying semifinals and are guaranteed a spot in the 16-team field.
The four pools of four teams for both the men’s and women’s teams will be drawn April 24 to determine the opening spate of games this summer.
CONCACAF officials confirmed during Monday’s final that there would be no weight given to the winner when FIFA draws the pools later this month.
While the U.S. under-23 men’s national team failed to qualify for the Olympics, the U.S. women, who finished second at the World Cup last year, did make it into the field.
• Honduras racked up three yellow cards in the first half and three more in the second half, including the second of the match for Luis Garrido, who was sent off in the 93rd minute.
That meant the underdog Hondurans were shorthanded as overtime started and it only got worse.
Honduras, which finished with only nine players on the field, managed to pick up three more yellow cards during the 30-minute overtime, including another ejection as Wilmer Crisanto was sent off in the 119th minute.