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Fans from Kansas scramble to see their favs in St. Louis

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Let the madness begin!

Three Kansas college basketball teams are in the NCAA tournament, and the Jayhawks, Wildcats and Shockers will play in St. Louis later this week. The relatively ease of distance has excited fans scrambling to find a way to see the March Madness in person.

But getting there and watching the games will be quite pricey. Fans are checking and re-checking online for the best deals.

But ticket brokers say the time to act is now. Acting before the announcements Sunday evening would have been even better.

KU fan Greg Lewis said he has friends who are carpooling to get to St. Louis. He is undecided.

"Getting tickets themselves is the biggest issue. Finding them so I won't have to take out a second mortgage on my house," he said with a laugh.

When you check TicketsforLess.com, the prices are constantly changing as people buy and sell.

Agent Brian Nelson said the prices tripled once Kansas, Wichita State and Kansas State were all seeded to play in St. Louis. 

"If you would have bought last night you would have saved yourself a ton of money," Nelson said.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Ticketmaster had single seats priced at about $80 for Friday. There are two sessions on Friday so you have to be careful to buy the right one. A single ticket for all sessions on Friday and Sunday would cost about $366 as of late Monday afternoon.

"It changes all the time," Nelson added.

 Getting closer to the action can set you back $1,000 per ticket.

"My advice would be to buy as soon as you can because inventory is going to get scarce," Nelson said.

For folks traveling from Kansas City it's going to cost around $120 round trip in gas to drive. Southwest Airlines offers nonstop round trip tickets that were costing about $388 as of late Monday afternoon. Click here for the airline's site.

If your team loses on Friday, then you can change your flight on Southwest with no pay fees as long as a seat is available. You may have to pay a fare difference.

Getting a hotel room downtown will also be tough with most rooms long gone. If you are willing to pay premium prices, you might could find something. Reasonably priced rooms will require you to travel about 20 minutes via car. St. Louis does have mass transportation options.

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