Unfortunately for the Bison, this love affair probably will last only 20 more minutes.
North Dakota State wasted no time showing Cinderella-like qualities against defending national champ Kansas.
Brett Winkelman then nearly stole the ball but couldn't save it as he dove into the Kansas cheerleaders, eliciting a huge roar from the crowd.
Whenever the shot clock got low, North Dakota State players counted down the final 10 seconds with the fans. Midway through the half, Winkelman saved a backcourt violation and the ball went to Ben Woodside for a 3-pointer.
What's not to love?
Woodside turned in a brilliant half, scoring 16 points and never leaving the court. But Sherron Collins (17 points) has been by far the best player on the court, lifting Kansas to a 43-34 lead.
A young Jayhawks team has handled a roadlike environment well, and Collins and Cole Aldrich (8 points, 4-of-5 shooting) are doing all they can to avoid the upset.