DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Duke University students watching the Blue Devils’ Final Four victory Saturday night against Michigan State erupted in cheers at the final buzzer.
An estimated 800 students watched the game on the scoreboard at Cameron Indoor Stadium during a watch party reserved for students only.
“So happy,” Duke student Camille Boler said. “I’ve been a Blue Devil for so long … my parents went here, and so for us to finally win and go to the championship, I’m so excited.”
“I’m pumped,” Duke law student John Gerl said. “I’m just about to go to Shooters tonight, drink a little bit, probably ride the bull, you know — get wild.”
It was a Final Four game Duke has been waiting five years to play. During their last trip in 2010, Duke went on to defeat Butler in the championship game.
“I’m just so nervous. We’ve been waiting so long after our March Madness disappointments over the years,” Duke student Steven Davidson said. “It’s finally time for it to all come together. We’ve got the talents, and I think we’ve got the team to do it.”
The game did not start very promising, with Michigan State taking an early lead, but it turned around quickly in Duke’s favor with the Blue Devils never giving back the lead. Now, with a 20-point blowout under their belts, fans are hoping to keep expectations low headed into Monday night’s championship game.
“We’ll keep expectations where they need to be, but I think we can win it,” Gerl said.
Duke University will host another watch party at Cameron Indoor Stadium for Monday night’s game. Only students are invited to attend.
If the Blue Devils win, there’s expected to be a bonfire on campus later than evening, at which point the campus will be closed to the public.
Win or lose, the university will welcome back their team with a celebration on Tuesday.
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