Lexington, Ky. -- More than 420 miles separate Rupp Arena and the heart of North Carolina A&T University's campus in Greensboro, and the prospect of a long trip on short notice kept a lot of Aggies from venturing to Kentucky to support their team.
But that doesn't mean A&T's basketball players aren't feeling their fans' love and Aggie Pride.
"It means a lot," senior forward Adrian Powell said of the overwhelming number of tweets and texts he's gotten in the last few days. "It just feels good knowing that they support us [by] just showing their love for us.
Fellow senior Austin Witter says the tide of support began after the Aggies scored an upset MEAC Tournament championship.
"Everybody back at school has been showing love [through] tweets and phone calls," Witter said. "My phone's been blowing up the last three days. Our school, they're throwing parties, throwing pep rallies, throwing watch parties for the game.
"The love is just unbelievable and we want to thank everybody at A&T for showing us love and support."
He's only been an Aggie for a year, but freshman forward Bruce Beckford says he already feels embraced by the A&T family.
"It feels good to just have the support," Beckford said. "I definitely had a lot of phone calls from family and friends [in the last few days.] It's just been fun."
The Aggies know they face a tall order hanging with overall No. 1 seed Louisville in their game Thursday night. But that's not stopping them from giving their all - which has to do with the support they're getting from back home.
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