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2013 NCAA Championship banner now hanging in KFC Yum! Center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---As fans cheered on U of L players during introductions at Saturday's game between U of L and College of Charleston, they were patiently waiting as the countdown began.

It wasn't only tipoff that had fans on their feet cheering, but also a ceremony before the game where the 2013 NCAA Championship Banner was unveiled.

The banner is now hanging in the KFC Yum! Center, along with an assortment of championship and Final Four banners along the way.

This is the 3rd NCAA Championship banner for U of L.

"This is truly one team that plays for the front of the jersey," Coach Rick Pitino said to the fans.

During the special pre-game ceremony with the banner and championship trophy, fans were reminded of U of L's unforgettable season.

"Cold chills. Just cold chills all over. National champions. That's all you can say," says Mark Herrington, a U of L fan.

"It's very excited. Kinda gives you goose bumps. I've never seen a banner unveiled before", Robin Isaacs.  

As proud as he is of his players, Coach Pitino says it's a championship that also belongs to everyone who has supported the team.

"What it means to this city from what I've seen from this city- it's everything. They bleed red and black here," says Chad Pratt.

"Actually I kinda cried, because I was around when we won the '86' championship, so it's been a long time," says Tia Roberts, a U of L fan.

It was a pre-game ceremony that was not only emotional for the fans,  but also for the coach as well.

"It's the way they did it with great class and humility.  It was the way they fought back being down- the 16 straight, the last game at Madison Square Garden for the Big East, the great games we had to play against great teams- It was just a wonderful thing and every time I think about it I get choked up," Coach Pitino said in a post-game press conference.

Fans are hoping this latest banner is a sign of good things to come.

"Hopefully with a repeat, so 2014 here we come," says Tia Roberts.

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