PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Villanova fans are on cloud nine after the Wildcat’s made history in their Final Four win over Oklahoma Saturday night.
The celebration began before the final buzzer even sounded and continued for hours.
It all started in the Connelly Center on campus, where Nova Nation gathered by the hundreds to cheer the Wildcats on.
“The feeling of everyone screaming at every point…it was great,” says senior Shannon Hedman.
Villanova gave fans like Shannon plenty to be happy about — beating Oklahoma in the biggest blowout in Final Four history — making her final weeks as a student extra special:
“I’ve waited four years for this,” she says. “Every year we go to the second round, I get so hopeful and now we got this, we have this in the bag.”
Freshman Aislinn Keenan isn’t surprised by the Wildcat’s magical tournament run.
“I think I knew deep down we were going to make it this far,” she tells KYW Newsradio.
Adding it was an amazing experience watching this game with Nova Nation:
“Everybody is just jumping up and down, so excited and dancing and there’s no experience like it.”
That was during the game. Afterward…
“The mass of people leaving Connelly Center, they don’t even know where to go,” says alumni John Hurley. “It’s just an unbelievable sight. It’s like New Orleans during the Mardi Gras celebration.
He seemed to be caught up in the moment after the win:
“My mind is about a huge mush of excitement and unbelievable joy,” he said.
Junior Johnny Dragon also took part in the post-victory celebration on the streets:
“It is a rush of euphoria and excitement.”
Next up for the Wildcats, a trip to the National Title Game, their first one since they won it all in 1985.
If they defeat UNC Monday night, expect an even bigger celebration, maybe even a parade?