By Jasmine Payoute

VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) — From cheers, to tears. Fans on Villanova’s campus were on an emotional rollercoaster Saturday night, as the Wildcats fell to Kansas, 81-65, in the Final Four. 

The game did not go the way fans hoped it would. 

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But they tell CBS3 they are still holding their heads high. 

“Here, everybody loves basketball so I was expecting it to be deep and it’s deep up in here, so I’m happy,” one Villanova fan said.

“I’m feeling all the emotions right now. I know this is Collin and Jermaine’s last season and to have it end like this is really a shame,” another fan added.

The wild ride that was the Wildcats’ journey to the Final Four has come to a halt. Kansas beat Villanova to advance to the national championship in the NCAA Tournament. 

“To be honest, it was expected but I appreciate that we’re all here,” one man said. “This is what really matters. We’re all here as a campus, win or lose and we have each other’s backs.”

On Saturday, in a gym filled with about 4,500 supporters, students watched with pained expressions as the Jayhawks held onto the lead.

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“I grew up a Kansas fan, so this is like, it’s bitter sweet,” one man said.

“I was about to tear up, honestly,” one woman said. “Seeing Collin Gillespie cry, a little tear almost fell down my face but they worked so hard and I hope they are proud of themselves.”

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And even though they’ll be no more watch parties on Villanova’s campus this year, students say there were no losers here.

“Absolutely. Final Four, only 4 in the nation,” a woman said. 

“I’m happy we made it to the Final Four that actually brightened my day up a lot,” a man said.

Because there’s always next year.

“Still a good game, still proud of the ‘Cats, proud to call myself a Villanovan,” one fan said. 

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 And the celebration continues Saturday tonight with food trucks and music as the students wait for the next March Madness. 

Jasmine Payoute