VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — From cheers to tears. Villanova campus fans were on an emotional roller coaster Saturday night as the Wildcats fell to Kansas, 81-65, in the Final Four.
the the game did not go as fans hoped.
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But they tell CBS3 they still hold their heads high.
“Here everyone loves basketball so I expected it to be deep and it’s deep here so I’m happy,” a Villanova fan said.
“I feel all the emotions right now. I know this is Collin and Jermaine’s last season and for it to end like this it’s such a shame,” added another fan.
The mad rush that was the Wildcats’ journey to the Final Four has come to a halt. Kansas to beat Villanova to advance to the NCAA Tournament National Championship.
— Jasmine Payoute (@jpayoute) April 3, 2022
“To be honest it was planned but I appreciate we are all here,” one man said. “That’s what really matters. We’re all here as a campus, whether we win or lose and support each other.
In a gymnasium packed with about 4,500 fans on Saturday, students watched with pained expressions as the Jayhawks held their own.
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“I grew up a Kansas fan so it’s like it’s bittersweet,” one man said.
“I was about to tear it up, honestly,” one woman said. “Seeing Collin Gillespie cry almost made a small tear fall on my face but they worked so hard and I hope they are proud of them.”
And although there will be no more watch parties on the Villanova campus this year, students say there were no losers here.
“Absolutely. Final Four, only 4 in the country,” one woman said.
“I’m glad we reached the Final Four which brightened up my day a lot,” one man said.
Because there’s always next year.
“Always a great game, always proud of the ‘Cats, proud to call me Villanovan,” said one fan.
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And the party continues Saturday night with food trucks and music as students wait for the next March Madness.