Nebraska and Iowa State, the top two seeds, figure to have superior fan support. Huskers fans have traveled well to support Yori's teams this season and Cyclones fans are famous for turning Municipal Auditorium into Hilton Coliseum South (especially when Iowa State won the tournament in 2000 and 2001). Should both teams defend their seedings, Sunday's championship game would be a raucous affair.
"I'm sure the local merchants of Kansas City are rooting for us," Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. "We help business."