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Bellarmine University sends nine busloads of fans to Final Four

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's the Final Four for Bellarmine University. Nine busloads of fans will leave Knights Hall at 6:30 p.m., headed to Evansville, Indiana, for the game.

Many fans were also at last night's game. That's when Bellarmine students and alums came in force to Evansville, cheering on their team.

"Really, 'electric' would probably be the best word -- easily 1,000 fans there," said Brian Couchot, a Bellarmine alum and employee. "It was basically like a Knights Hall West."

Roughly 3,600 attend the school.

The Knights beat Minnesota State Moorhead 92-75 in the NCAA Division Two tournament. Tonight, the team is back on the hardwood playing Florida Southern, which handed them one of their three losses of the season.

Jacob Schuhmann, a Bellarmine University student says, "Every conversation that you have is, 'Hey are you going to the game? Did you watch the game?'" said Jacob Schuhmann. "Stuff like that. It's the only thing happening on campus."

Bellarmine was the national champ in 2011 and you can see that on Knights Hall.

"This was the original shirt from 2011, when we won the national title," said Thomas Milan, a Bellarmine University alum. "They gave these shirts out when they sent the students to Springfield, Missouri. They sent about three buses worth of students, paid for by the alumni, and every year, they kind of do something different. We have some new ones that they are giving out tonight."

"I feel like, when we cheer and we chant and they can hear our voices collectively, we're unified under one purpose," said Brandt-Evan Baker, a Bellarmine University student. "It helps them out. You can tell whenever they are making mistakes and we cheer anyways, it really helps."

As students play some pool before the game, they're hoping the team can "pocket" another win tonight. Several viewing parties are also being held off-campus in the Highlands. This is the Knights' third Final Four appearance in five years.

"Oh my gosh, it's crazy," Schuhmann said. "I went to a really small high school and so whenever I got here and they actually started doing well in sports, it's crazy. Everyone is on top of it. You can follow all the players on social media. They are getting hundreds of likes just for anything that they do, kind of like little celebrities for a D2 school."

Tip off is at 9:30 p.m. in Evansville.

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