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North Carolina, Villanova Students Ready To Support Their Teams In NCAA Championship Game In Houston

700 students of each of the two finalist schools traveled to Houston to cheer on their teams.


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North Carolina fans
Florian Martin
Students from the University of North Carolina celebrate after the Tar Heels beat Syracuse in the Final Four Saturday.

Both teams are going into Monday's game coming off decisive wins.

Students from both schools had prime seats on each end of the court Saturday and made sure their players heard them.

After witnessing her team beat Oklahoma by 44 points, Nina Hebel, a sophomore at Villanova University, has a good feeling about tonight's game.

"I think they just have to come out with the same energy and passion that they had today," she said. "And I know all the students will be here again just to yell as loud as we did today, and we're all super excited to see what they can do."

Christian Nguyen said he drove here 20 hours from North Carolina and it was worth it after seeing his Tar Heels beat Syracuse 83-66.

He acknowledges Villanova played a good game and will be a formidable opponent.

"They did play good, but if we keep our heads straight, keep playing how we have been, we'll be solid and hopefully come home with another championship," he said.

75,505 people attended Saturday's games.

It was the highest attendance for an NCAA tournament game at NRG Stadium, and the second-highest in tournament history.

The National Championship Game tips off at 8:19 p.m. Monday.

It will be the first time North Carolina and Villanova face off for the title.

Villanova fans
Florian Martin
Villanova students celebrate during their team’s Final Four game against Oklahoma Saturday.