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It's no exaggeration to say that everything comes to a standstill in Lawrence, Kansas when its beloved Jayhawks play basketball.

Case in point: The visitation for 76-year-old Don Shoulberg, who died on Tuesday, will end when KU's Sweet 16 matchup against Michigan tips off at 6:30 local time.

It says so right there in his obituary.

Whether or not this accommodation was made for conflicted visitors, a basketball-mad family or so that Shoulberg's spirit could pay its undivided attention to Bill Self and Co. remains unclear.

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But Shoulberg, a marriage and family therapist who once taught at the school, was said to be a big fan of the Jayhawks. One of the visitors to his guestbook also said that his late friend would definitely be watching as top-seeded Kansas pursues its first national title since 2008:

"Most of our interaction occurred on the office elevator and our conversations almost always focused on KU basketball. I understand why the visitation will end before our tip off against Michigan. Don's steading hand will be a significant factor in our attempt to knock off Michigan in continuing our quest."

For those non-basketball fans worried that this man might not get the full sendoff his deserves, worry not. Shoulberg's memorial services will still be held without interruption on Saturday morning.

One might safely assume, however, that a hearty round of "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk" might go down at some point.

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