VCU fans find ways to prepare for basketball game

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The VCU Rams are on the road in Portland, Oregon.

It's a big night for VCU as they take on Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Most fans aren't able to go to tonight's game, so they are showing their school spirit in other ways. A lot of fans will have their VCU gear on, and it all means big bucks for the university.

T-shirts celebrating VCU's CAA championship went on sale last week. VCU gear has been in high demand since the team's appearance in the Final Four last year.

According to the Wall Street Journal, VCU saw its royalties jump 219% after last year's March Madness. Royalty income during the first quarter following the tournament was larger than any full year in the college's history. Admissions to the university are up, too.

Fans aren't just picking up clothes, there's also a CD put together by VCU's athletic band. There are 18 tracks on it, including "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley and "Do Whatcha Wanna" by the Rebirth Brass Band.

If you're looking for a place to watch tonight's game with other Rams fans, you should go Downtown. The official watch party is at T-Miller's Sports Bar in the Marriott Downtown.

Matt Lincoln is in Portland covering the Rams. Tune in around 6:35 tonight when we check in with Matt. Game time is at 7:15

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