La Salle University bitten by Sweet 16 bug

March 26, 2013 5:51:13 AM PDT
Not even the weather could put a damper on the Sweet 16 buzz happening on the campus of La Salle University.

One day after their thrilling win, the Explorers are already in Los Angeles getting ready for the Thursday night game against Wichita State.

Students say it would be nice to be there too.

"That would be awesome. I've never been to LA but to just go to LA and watch our team play that would be the coolest thing ever," said Greg Swift, freshman.

Sunday night, Action News was there for the street celebration that took over 20th and Olney after the win.

Hours later, a Harlem Shake video was posted on YouTube showing off that Explorer Pride.

The excitement has students exploring their travel options, flights at this point cost about $800.

"I really want to be there. If they organized something I would be glad to go there," said Matt O'Hanlon, freshman.

There are plenty of La Salle students who would love to make that trip to the West Coast for the game but for those who can't afford that plane ticket, why not road trip it?

"We want to support our team. Haven't done it in a while so we want to go there and support them," said George Wohar, freshman.

Wohar and his buddy say they plan to make the trip by car, 2700 miles - that's at least one day and 19 hours of travel.

"It's going to be a long ride. It's going to be tiring but it's going to be exciting, we'll be hyped for it," said James O'Brien, freshman.

Meanwhile student reporters received community help to fund their trip to LA.

Collegian writer Rachel Finkbeiner, back from Kansas City, says $8,000 has been donated to send her and others to cover La Salle in the Sweet 16.

"It's a lot of pressure but it's good pressure because I can really bring the students a firsthand look and give La Salle the recognition it deserves ," said Finkbeiner.

For fans who are staying in Philadelphia, there will be alumni watch parties. Due to the campus being closed on Friday for the holiday, school officials are still trying to determine if they will hold a campus watch party for Thursday's late game.


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