You really have to be a fan to support a team that's won its first championship in more than a decade, and Ohio basketball fans who couldn't go the NCAA regional tournament showed up in large numbers at an Athens restaurant to cheer on their Bobcats.
If you think it's just the students who support Ohio University sports, well, some of these folks have been Bobcat backers before any of the students on campus were born.
"We have two daughters who have gone through Ohio University," says Marjorie Malcolm of Athens. "We have a daughter teaching here. My husband has taught here also."
For most of the game the team gave them plenty to cheer about, even after it fell behind by as much as 20 points.
"I think we have what it takes," said an optimistic Cheryl Davis, who graduated from Ohio two years ago, "and that's why we're here at this level."
"I think we have a pretty good chance in this game," said Earl Davis of Trimble in Athens County. "I thought it would be pretty close, and I hope we'll stay right there with them."
They weren't showing it, but no one really expected the 'Cats to come out on top in this match-up, but these fans do have hope for the future.
"I'm actually thinking about getting season tickets now, for the next three or four years," said Rick Seitel, "and making reservations here (at Damon's in Athens) to watch them in the NCAAs."
After being down by double figures midway through the second half, the Bobcats rallied to tie the game with a little more than two minutes left, but the Florida Gators went on a 7-2 run to win in the closing minute.
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