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Kansas state law bans betting on the NCAA Tournament


Whether the University of Kansas is at the top of your NCAA tournament bracket or not, the university wants to ensure students aren't betting money.

Monday night, the university e-mailed students and staff with that reminder.

Lisa Johnson and her family fill out a NCAA bracket every year, an annual competition in her home.

"We just do it for fun. But if I was skilled at it, yeah, I would be submitting it on the Internet to get money in a heartbeat," Lisa Johnson, a Lawrence Resident said.

And the University of Kansas wants to make sure students and faculty stop the bracket at "fun and games."

The University sent out a friendly reminder that betting money on the tournament is illegal in Kansas.

The e-mail requests that no one affiliated with KU enter into a betting pool.

One KU student says she's seen plenty of people take a gamble at who will walk off the court with the championship title.

"I think that there will still be a lot of bets. It may be illegal but students will be students. They'll do whatever they want," Allison Bywater, KU Student said.

She thinks students on spring break probably haven't seen the e-mail.

So while Lawrence residents fill out their brackets,

"I picked Louisville to win. I'm still not really confident about that. I have KU in the Final Four."

"This year I have, of course, Indiana and Duke. Sorry, KU. Indiana and Duke going -- but I do have KU in the FInal Four."

"I would love for them to go all the way but we'll see. It's a hard bracket."

The Jayhawk nation hopes "all bets" are off.

KU will take on Western Kentucky this Friday night in Kansas City.

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