Every year, the men’s college basketball national championship game attracts famous alums from whichever programs that are playing in it.
With Kansas taking part in this year’s title tilt, legendary former Jayhawk Paul Pierce is at the Superdome cheering on his alma mater. The television cameras have already panned to Pierce a couple of times during the first half, including right after KU reserve big man Mitch Lightfoot made a jump hook to extend his team’s early lead.
Pierce isn’t the only ex-Kansas star in attendance. Drew Gooden, a standout performer on the program’s 2002 Final Four team, is there as well.
— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) April 5, 2022
Paul Pierce and Drew Gooden in the house to watch @KUHoops in the natty 🔑
— 247Sports (@247Sports) April 5, 2022
On Sunday, Pierce gave a pep talk to this year’s crop of Jayhawks, urging them to finish the job.
Special guest tonight… and let’s just say he spoke The Truth 🙌 pic.twitter.com/nOZGs2dYZw
— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) April 4, 2022
We’re still in the first half, but Pierce might be getting a little anxious. The Jayhawks are playing sloppily and shooting poorly.
After a fast start, they trail UNC 29-22 with 4:40 to go before halftime. You can catch the action on TBS.
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