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Students Head to NYC to Support 'Hoos in the Sweet 16

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Excitement is brewing in Charlottesville as the University of Virginia men's basketball team is set to play its Sweet 16 match in New York City Friday night.

A group of faithful student-fans boarded a bus for Madison Square Garden Friday morning,  hoping to help the 'Hoos move on to the next round.

The Hoo Crew has been organizing this seven-hour trip to the Big Apple for the past week. Thanks to contributions from a variety of university leaders, the fans are getting a free bus fare.

About 50 students who are part of the Hoo Crew stepped onto the Starlight Express outside John Paul Jones Arena Friday morning. The group packed lots of snacks and refreshments for their journey.

Longtime fans are excited to support the ‘Hoos on a new stage during this historic season.

“I'm from Charlottesville, so I've been a huge UVA fan my entire life, so this has been such a fun season especially as a first-year, getting to watch them be so successful. It's been awesome. I've loved every minute of it,” said Maggie Rossberg, first-year student at UVA and Hoo Crew member.

Organizers actually had to set up a lottery system to choose students for spots on the bus. They say UVA administrators, including Executive Vice President and COO Patrick Hogan, helped subsidize the costs for this trip.

The Hoo Crew recently won this year's Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, so you can expect them to be loud and proud in the stands for Friday’s big game.

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