Blue and white pride is alive and well at the University of Connecticut.
"Of course UConn basketball is huge for the state," said UConn Stamford Sophomore Dylan Deleon.
"UConn, D1. Everyone knows about it," said Mahad Mah, a junior at UConn Stamford.
"We hope that they beat them, they have to. We want to take it as far as we possibly can," said Jada Williamson, a sophomore at UConn Stamford.
Students at UConn's Stamford campus, getting ready for tomorrow's game. The men's basketball team will take on Iowa State in the NCAA Sweet 16 round.
"They better beat Iowa state, I hope. Or else I might cry a little bit," said Mah.
"Obviously I want them to win. I hope Shabazz Napier scores a bunch of points," said Deleon.
Napier has been named a Division 1 first team All-American. The senior will lead the Huskies into the tournament, and has led the team to a 28-8 record this season.
"It just gives our school more pride and it's just good to see talent," said Williamson. "Last year, we did so good and everything so we're just hoping for the same this year."
"Especially the women's. It's to the point where people don't talk about the women's because they're just too good," said Mah. "The men it's just like, oh man if we can win it with both the men and the women, that would be great."
Getting fans to the game, Governor Malloy announced Metro North will run an extra New Haven line train Friday. It leaves from New Haven at 4:15 pm, arriving at Grand Central at 6. Extra cars will also be added to trains leaving New Haven between 2 and 5 p.m., as they're available.
In a statement from the governor's office, Malloy said, "Both UConn Huskies basketball teams are again taking the NCAA tournament by storm and gaining the nation’s attention. There will no doubt be a large contingent of Connecticut fans traveling to New York City to cheer for the men on Friday,” Governor Malloy said. “It’s time to turn MSG into a home game for our Huskies.”
The governor's office also released this further information about Metro North service Friday:
After the game, Metro-North will add cars to New Haven-bound trains, where possible, on trains departing GCT between 9:30 p.m. and 11:22 p.m.
Fans are urged to buy round trip tickets at their boarding station. There will be additional ticket sellers at New Haven on Friday afternoon to handle the expected crowds.
Ridership on Fridays is normally heavy, so UConn fans are urged to avoid taking the 4:21 p.m. departure from New Haven as it has no spare seating capacity and there is no way to add cars to that train.
The Huskies will take the court with Iowa State at Madison Square Garden for the East Regional semifinal at 7:27 p.m. If the Huskies win, they'll advance to Sunday's regional final.