Superstitious strangers watch overtime of Kansas Elite Eight win together

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Sports can bring out some crazy superstitions in people.

That was the case on Sunday when Duke and Kansas played a memorable Elite Eight thriller. With the game heading to overtime, Jeff Shull drove to his Grandma’s old house — down the street from where he was watching the game at his mother-in-law’s house in Overland Park, Kansas.

Since Shull had watched two Kansas Elite Eight wins — in 2008 and 2012 — at his Grandma’s old house, he believed he needed to watch the overtime in the same place to help the Jayhawks secure the win.

But Jeff’s Grandma no longer lived in the house. It’s now occupied by a stranger named Andy Schwartz.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star has the unlikely story of two strangers watching the overtime win together and bonding over Kansas basketball.

You can read Mellinger’s full story here, which includes a potentially unlikely friendship forming based on some random events.