As for where fans of a given team may congregate, Kendall suggests Sharks Billiards (K-State), the Cashew (Kansas), Sports Cave Bar & Grill (Oklahoma), Kelly's Westport Inn (Iowa State), Nica's 320 and the Fox and Hound (Oklahoma State), and Johnny's Tavern (Baylor). I've rounded up a few drink and food specials for those who are agnostic but interested in joining in the revelry.
The Providence New American Kitchen has a series of game-day specials that begin today. I'd opt for the Heritage Pork sandwich (cola-braised pork and spicy slaw on a pretzel roll) or Boulevard Beer Bratwurst (duck sausage, sauerkraut, whole grain mustard on a Farm to Market bun) for $7.
Rhythm and Booze (423 Southwest Boulevard) has $1 tacos from 3 to 11 p.m. ($1.50 if you're taking them to go) on Thursdays and a $5 Philly cheesesteak with fries on Fridays.
Port Fonda (4141 Pennsylvania), which opens at 11 a.m., has $2 Free State beers and the games on television today.
It's the 60th annual Pancake Day at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral (415 West 13th Street) on Friday from 7 to 11 a.m. The Kansas City Kiwanis and the Family Conservancy are organizing the pancake breakfast, which benefits the Student Assistance Program. It's all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange drink for $6. There is not a better pregame in the city.
And in nondrinking news, Time Warner Cable is providing free Wi-Fi access in the Power & Light District through Sunday, March 24.
Where are you headed for the tournament?