LAWRENCE, Kan. - Among the hundreds of University of Kansas fans who camped out all week long for Monday's game against Kansas State University was freshman Kacey Eis, who grabbed the second place in line.
"It gets a little chaotic." Eis said about her eight-day wait in line. "People are taking this pretty serious. I've never done this before."
She was hoping for a spot in the front row of the student section, and maybe a little something extra.
"I hope Ben McLemore sees me and blows me a kiss," Eis said.
When the doors opened at 6 p.m. Eis got her wish -- at least the first part.
"We are front and center. We are as close as you can possible get. It's the coolest feeling ever," Eis said. "This is unbelievable."
Within the massive crowd was an unusual pair. Paula Bold and Miranda Smith are elementary school teachers in Olathe. They're best friends but arch rivals. Bold went to KU, and Smith went to K-State.
"We give each other a hard time about KU and K-State," Bold said.
"It goes way back," Smith added. "From placing bets where if my team wins, she'll wear purple or vice versa. I'll wear blue and red if KU wins."
Minutes before tip-off they agreed to wager one round of their favorite drink, and sealed the deal with a friendly but official high-five.
Kansas ended up taking down K-State 83-62.