March Madness excitement builds, not just for CCU students

Tournament puts national spotlight on CCU

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - March Madness fever is sweeping across Coastal Carolina's campus as the Chants get ready for their biggest game in 21 years when they take on number one seed Virginia Friday night in Raleigh.

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CCU Senior Matthew Peck said he cannot imagine what campus will be like is CCU becomes the first 16 seed to ever beat a one seed in the tournament.

"I can't this place would just go absolutely insane I hope they do I really do but I don't think it's going to happen," added Peck.

Junior Jake Hawkins said he would skip class if tip-off was set for during school hours. He said this season has been a success regardless of tomorrow night's outcome.

"Now that we made it to the tournament a lot of people will know Coastal and get us on the map to show everyone we do have a good athletic program for basketball," said Hawkins.

Some students have caught Chanticleer fever hopping on CCU's bandwagon even though they go to other colleges.

"Lot of teal going on here great to see all the school spirit," added Towson student Michael Mastrangelo who is in town visiting friends.

March Madness and the first two days of the tournament mean big business for sports bars like Tongy's Schmackhouse near CCU's campus. Owner Dustin Leek said he will be cheering right along with Chants fans.

"I root for the Cinderella and to be honest one of my favorite things in football is Appalachian State beating Michigan at Michigan a few years ago if Appalachian State can do it why can't Coastal," added Leek.

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