VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — On Thursday, sixth-seeded Villanova will take on 11th-seeded St. Mary’s in Hartford, Connecticut. And the team received a final sendoff from fans Tuesday afternoon.READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Guilty: Urban League President Andrea Custis Believes Justice Served, But It's Not Time To Celebrate
It’s the Wildcats’ seventh-straight season in the big dance, as they look to defend their championship. But it will be an uphill battle after the team lost a lot of talent to the NBA draft during the off season.
Some fans waited outside Finneran Pavilion for hours to wish their team good luck. One family Eyewitness News spoke with waited for more than three hours, before they too will be off to Hartford.READ MORE: Viral Video Of New Jersey Police Handcuffing Black Youth, Confiscating Bike Sparks Anger On Social Media
“We’re going to Hartford to share this, to make memories, so it’s a great experience,” fan Bizette Gailewicz said. “We went with them to Pittsburgh last year and we’re going to Connecticut this year.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Wild Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Threat Wednesday Gives Way To Return To Winter
“They have a great team, they have a great coach and like the best players,” Bizette’s son, Jake, said.