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Fans hit the street as VCU enters the Elite Eight

Source: Korbyn Lloyd Source: Korbyn Lloyd
Source: Korbyn Lloyd Source: Korbyn Lloyd

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A last second shot in overtime now sending the Rams to the Elite Eight. The first time ever in school history. Needless to say, the fans went wild after the win over Florida State and took to the streets. Sophomore Kara Heird watched with friends at a house in the Fan.

"It was the most nerve wracking thing ever," said Heird. "I think everyone's blood pressure raised about 20 points."

She and junior Andy Brown were just two of hundreds of fans taking over Broad Street in a parade down the middle of the road. Dancing on cars and cheering on the home team's first ever appearance in the Elite Eight.

"It reminded me of the night that Obama won the election," said Brown. "It was ridiculous. It was a lot of energy and a lot of people yelling."

Richmond Police shifted resources from other precincts to the area and worked with VCU Police. They tell us they didn't have to make any arrests and were there as a safety precaution.

If you hadn't heard of VCU's Ram Nation, odds are you have now. And you're cheering for their Cinderella story. We talked to ESPN 950's Greg Burton from San Antonio.

"Everybody is just fascinated by this story and this magical run that the Rams are on," he said.

The spotlight on the River City, now dubbed Hoopstown USA, is a win for Richmonders.

"It's really nice when you're in a situation when you're with a bunch of friends and everybody is rooting for the same team and that team actually means something to you and your city," said Brown.

Fans rushed to the university bookstore Saturday to get their Elite Eight T-shirts. There was already a line when the store opened at 10:00. Next up, the Rams take on the Jayhawks Sunday.

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