The enthusiasm for UNC men's basketball is apparent as the sea of Carolina blue continues to roar and the jerseys and banners of years past wave majestically overhead.
But a less noticeable facet of UNC basketball is the ball boys who eagerly perch under both baskets, ready to help the game run more smoothly by assisting players and referees.
The boys arrive to home games two hours early and are responsible for helping the team warm up by rebounding and collecting stray balls, wiping up sweat from fallen players during games and giving referees water and towels.
Currently, there are four permanent ball boys, ranging in ages from 10 to 17, and six alternates.
During the game, fans can spot four ball boys monitoring the action from under the baskets, scrambling around with white towel in tow or running up to the referees during time-outs, proffering a handy towel and a cup of water.
The ball boys say they love their jobs and donate a portion of their days to UNC basketball for a variety of reasons. "It's something to do with my spare time after I've done homework," said 14-year-old Rashard Farrow.
The older ball boys can count the hours as community service to meet high school graduation requirements.
But the joy of watching a game close-up and bonding with the players are perks all the ball boys enjoy.
"My favorites are (Ronald) Curry and (Kris) Lang," said 10-year-old Stephen Burns. "They are really nice to me."