Students studying in Sevilla had to wait through Monday night, until 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, to watch the national championship game.
“We got here at 1:50 a.m. because we wanted a good seat,” Meg McManus, a junior exercise and sports science major, said. “It was so worth it, 100 percent, because I got the best view in the house with all the best Tar Heel fans in Spain.”
Many students slept for part of the night before the game to ensure they had the endurance to stay awake in class the next day.
“I’ve got an exam tomorrow; Collin’s got an exam tomorrow, too,” Chris Gsell, a sophomore physics major, said. “It’s in social psychology, so I’m studying just by being here.”
When the ball was finally tossed at tipoff, and cheers of “Tar” and “Heel” faded, the gravity of the game started to set in.
Junior global studies major Madeline McGee did not even think the Tar Heels would make it this far in the tournament.
When McGee brought up the possibility of being abroad during the national championship, her dad said she did not need to worry because it was not a possibility.
“I just thought out of any year, last year was the year,” McGee said. “I didn’t think it’d be this year.”