By Ian Bush

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For the Villanova Wildcats, it’s next stop: Louisville for the Sweet 16.

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More than 100 fans gathered on campus this morning to cheer on the team as they departed for Kentucky on the road to college basketball’s national championship.

“We bleed blue, and we’re ready. We’re really, really excited,” said Kelly. Not something you expect to hear from the College of Nursing.

But for Kelly, Sharon, and Nancy, ‘bleeding blue’ is what happens when you live and breathe Villanova basketball:

“They can go all the way now. I just really, really believe it,” says Sharon

“The curse is broken,” says Nancy.

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Yes, it’s good to finally end the drought that left ‘Nova out of the Sweet 16 since Coach Jay Wright’s seniors were in high school.

“Considering last two years we were really good and made early exits. I think we have a nice team, so we’re definitely pumped.” said Villanova senior Steve, who sees the ‘Cats reaching the Elite 8, and maybe beyond.

But it’s one game at a time for Coach Jay Wright, who said: “We take great pride in representing Philadelphia basketball. We’re going to play hard like the city of Philadelphia and like Villanova basketball always does.”

“We are very, super excited. We love Villanova. We’ve come to the games, so it’s very exciting for our family and the Nova Nation,” said Villanova grad Leslie from Ardmore.

She brought her four kids to the sendoff, and you better believe the family will be glued to the game against Miami on Thursday night.

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