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UK moves on to next round; Hilltopper fans heading home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- While UK fans were the ones celebrating Thursday evening, before the matchup between the Wildcats and Hilltoppers, thousands of fans from both teams took over downtown Louisville.

A couple of hours before UK and WKU met on the court, Western fans took over the Performing Arts Center for a pep rally.

"Oh, it's great. Everybody's excited and ready. Time for gametime," Becky Gentry said.

Downtown Louisville was a sea of blue for the sold-out game. Kentucky fans took over every corner and street.

"I've never been to the NCAA Tournament and that's probably the most exciting thing just to be able to be a part of it," said Palmer Cole, a UK fan.

As people scrambled to find tickets, the rain came down, which only seemed to put a damper on the people selling tickets.

"I'll take anything," one man selling tickets told us.

However, fans found another way to watch as they packed bars and restaurants along Main Street. Some gave up their search for tickets while others just wanted to be part of all the fun in downtown Louisville.

"They were able when the rain started to buy tickets at face value so they were tickled to death," says Henderson resident, John Carroll.

"We were trying to find some closer to gametime but we wanted lower level and the cheapest we could find was $250 apiece. This is fine though," says Lynda Clark, a UK fan.

"We knew how ridiculous it's gonna be. We knew there was no chance," says UK and WKU fan, Lindsay Selvitelle.

Some Western fans leaving the YUM Center said they aren't completely upset with the loss -- they're still proud of their team and are glad they made this far.

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