Duke fans eagerly await championship game

Duke's Lance Thomas (42), Kyle Singler (12), Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer, right, celebrate as Duke defeated Baylor 78-71 in the NCAA South Regional college basketball championship game in Houston, Sunday, March 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

April 5, 2010 2:56:15 AM PDT
On the Sunday morning after Duke beat West Virginia, Duke's campus looked sedate.But fans are really fired up, and say they are looking forward to Monday's championship matchup with Butler.It has been nine years since the Duke Blue Devils won a national championship.

"I was in middle school," Duke Fencing Team Member David Eitel said. "I didn't even know about duke, I didn't know anything about college. So this is great."

Fan's say they have more confidence after the margin of Saturday's big win.

"I feel kind of bad because Butler is up and coming, Cinderella." "But I think that Duke's just; we have a really talented team," Duke Freshman Katherine Morrow.

The big question is what happens on Monday night if Butler wins?

At least for street vendors on Duke's campus, one owner says he hopes he'll have lots of shirts and Duke Accessories sold before the game starts Monday.

"We expect some activity, some business, now that the fans are a little more comfortable, that it's not just another close, but [an] upset, "Vender Siddiq Mumin said.

No one knows the outcome of the big game yet, but fans say they will definitly be watching eagerly Monday night.

"I'm watching the game, definitely. With as many people as possible," Eitel said. "I hope they show it in Cameron!"

It's where Eitel spent Saturday night with the Cameron crazies and he's convinced when Monday's matchup starts that it will be just as packed.

"It's gonna be awesome, it's been a while," Eitel said. "I want to see some bench burning. It's gonna be fantastic!"

We'll see what happens when both teams go for the trophy on Monday night.

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