Hoos Fans Cheer Cavs to Victory

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

February 1, 2007

It was the first visit to the John Paul Jones Arena for the Duke Blue Devils and Virginia fans were ready to show them what the hype is all about.

"I just want to beat the crap out of them. I don't like Duke that much," said Adrian Martin.

The parking lot filled up and fans started lining up over two hours before tipoff. It's the first time Duke has ever visited the new John Paul Jones Arena and fans say they want to make their home court advantage heard.

"When Duke comes to town you have to get ready for it. There are going to bring a nationally ranked program, Coach K coming in but we have a little something for them," said Walter Howell.

"I want to win," said Nancy Farley.

Farley and her friend Delma Branscome have made the trek from Lynchburg to Charlottesville since the 1960's. They try to make every home game even though Delma says she doesn't know how she became a fan.

"My kids didn't go here, they went to Tech but I just love UVa," said Delma Branscome.

That love for UVa brought the fans out in this cold weather. However, once inside, that cold turned red hot as fans cheered their team towards a win. Whether big or small, everyone was cheering for the same goal.

"A Virginia win against Duke. Do you think they will? Yes," said young fan Reuvi.

"I bleed Blue and Orange. It's what I live for and to see them take down the Dukey's that is the top right there," Howell said.

There are only five home games left for the Hoos before the ACC Tournament in Tampa on March 8.

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