By: Nathan Elliott
With excitement in the air, fans packed Five Points bars Saturday to watch South Carolina's men's basketball team take on Gonzaga in the Final Four. It was standing room only as people gathered to catch the action, and cheer on the Gamecocks during tip-off.
Fans and students flooded the Village Idiot, a downtown bar and pizzeria with televisions in every corner, to watch the biggest game in Gamecock men's basketball history.
The atmosphere felt like Williams-Brice Stadium with a Sandstorm as things kicked off, only this time, with a different sport. It was a feeling that many fans were not used to.
"I went to sleep one night, woke up, and we were a basketball school," one student said of the team's historic run.
Thunder shook the Village Idiot as the starting lineups were announced, with fans jumping, clapping, and cheering for each Gamecock announced.
"Just go Gamecocks in general, because in general, the Gamecocks win in my heart," one fan said as things began to look bleak for the team in the first half.
Drinks continued to go down around halftime, and so did the fans.
"I hope they get the win! I know we're down right now, but I hope we take it," said student Tyler Nelson as the Gamecocks went into halftime, trailing by nine.
Fans nervously watched the start of the second half, and as soon as things began to make a comeback, so did the fans.
An intense second half brought the bar back to life, but as the final seconds ticked away to a Gonzaga victory, fans expressed their frustration.
"This is the lowest I've ever been in my life," one student said as he left the bar.
Although fans were disappointed, many cheered and reflected on what they call an incredible season.
"It was a good run for the Men's team. Frank [Martin], and the good lord, hats off to them, because without them, none of this would have been possible," a student said as he left Five Points.
The Men's team may have lost, but with the national championship coming back to Columbia with the Women's team, fan have another reason to celebrate basketball.