PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —A second NCAA championship in three years for the Wildcats doesn’t come at a surprise for loyal fans, who are still reveling in the 2016 victory.
“We were in the middle of the street running around,” said Villanova University senior Allyson Weaver, recalling Nova’s last win. “I’m really hoping we get to do it again.”
Fans took to the streets on Monday night, entering Tuesday morning, burning with emotion and literally burning debris on the road as hundreds partied the night away.
Hours before the drama unfolded, Weaver and her friends staked out their spots at the Connelly Center on campus just after noon ahead of a 9:20 p.m. tip-off against Michigan.
“We have so many emotions going on right now, we are excited, so much adrenaline, I’m like shaking because I’m just so amped,” she said.
The Boulder, Colorado native has found her home at Nova, proudly decked out with blue nails, blue gear, and blue temporary tattoos.
“The basketball team is like the lifeblood of Villanova. It’s been amazing to be apart of that. The nursing program is what brought me here but the basketball team is what kept me here,” she added.
For freshman Emily Cooner, her loyalty to the Cats runs in the family.
“Villanova basketball has been a big part of my life. My parents were here for the championship in 1985 so I’m hoping to bring the good luck back tonight,” she said.
The celebration was very special for a father and son.
“Two years ago he was just nine and a little bit too young, but we thought ya know what school is tomorrow but we might go a little late. I thought we’d take him out here and show him what the college life is all about,” one father told CBS3’s Alicia Nieves.
One 9-year-old girl called Nova’s win “life-changing.”
Considering how fiery Nova’s offense has been, fans are confident they will be celebrating another championship title.
The three pointers man? It’s been amazing,” Weaver said.