Christine CorradoMar 14, 2016, 8:40 pmMar 14, 2016, 9:25 pm

Iona spirit at all-time high as basketball teams head to NCAA

Fans with high hopes are scooping up NCAA T-shirts

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In a historic move, both the men’s and women’s Iona basketball teams are headed to the NCAA and student basketball fans are thrilled, to say the least.

Ever since the Gaels brought home gold from the MAAC Championship — Iona hoops enthusiasts have been basking in basketball glory.

"It’s awesome all around for the school because a lot of good publicity and all that, and it's fun," said one student.

Eager Iona fans are scooping up NCAA T-shirts at the college bookstore, wearing their pride as they anticipate the first game.

"I think it’s something we could even look back on in history, that's something we could look forward to and lived, and tell all of our friends and family and maybe even children later on in the future," said another student.

Fans are filling out their tournament brackets. Some even have Iona going to the Sweet 16.

The men will face Iowa State on Thursday and school spirit is at an all-time high.

Fans said the Gaels will give it all they've got as it's been a long time coming.

"I think it’ll be very anxious to find out what's going to happen next,” said one excited fan.

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