Up North: A Look Back at the Final Four in Minneapolis

Chelsie Brown
Updated: April 10, 2019 10:49 PM

Not even busted brackets could keep college basketball ball fans from all over the country from making the trek to Minneapolis, Minn. to experience the men's basketball Final Four.

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However, since the final four teams remaining were Auburn, Virginia, Michigan State, and Texas Tech these fans put in hours of traveling just to be there/

"I took a flight out of Washington D.C. at 4 A.M., connected in Charlotte, made my way to Minnesota at 9 and I'm on a 6 A.M. flight back tomorrow," said Joshua Baca

"We drove 20 hours to be here," said Virginia student Athena Post. "To cheer on our boys and to cheer on Tony Bennett. It's just a gift to be a part of it," she added.

"We paid about 380 a piece for all three games," said Texas Tech alum Raj Patel. "Now these tickets are way more than that. Yes, it's worth every penny."

"We're staying in a place that doesn't even have a shower and it's the best," said Post. "It's worth it. It's worth every second of it."

Over 70,000 fans packed inside U.B. Bank Stadium to witness the madness and a tournament that made history. For the first time in 40 years Minneapolis was the host to a championship game between two teams that had never won a national title before.

In the end, Virginia was crowned the champion in a season based on redemption, but well worth the wait.

"I mean from going from losing to a 16 seed to winning it all the next year, it's the greatest story of college basketball," said Virginia alum Bayless Parsley.


Chelsie Brown

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