A Big Day For Basketball Fans

With both Creighton and Nebraska in the basketball spotlight Friday, it was tough for a lot of people to get much done aside from taking in the spectacle.

Whether it was a TV set in the office, the break room or maybe even a smartphone, many were tuned into watch our favorite team.

Some didn’t even pretend to work, opting to just take the day off. Sports bars were packed.

DJ’s Dugout was loaded with Creighton colors and Husker red. Jon Towne was in the crowd with his friends by 9:30 Friday morning to set up camp for the two games.

"Originally I didn't have today off but you gotta take the day off from work to watch it with your buddies," he said.

Randy Geise also took the day off but it was nothing new for him. “I've taken off from work for 20 years with friends to watch the games every year so it's kind of a tradition," he said.

Marcus Pospisil told us, "We usually take today off from work and we all just watch the games. This year it’s even more exciting that Nebraska and Creighton are both here and they play back to back and that’s really exciting."

Aksarben Cinema put both games on 60 feet of big screen.

“What a great place to watch a ballgame,” John Lindekugel said. “More people need to be down here today to watch it here. This is a great venue."

Gail Lindekugel said, "I love it. I love it. This is the first time we've watched the game here. I'm surprised it's not packed. It's comfy seats, good eats, and huge screen. It's perfect."

Over on the Creighton campus, we looked in on the Jays from the student center - the biggest watch party on campus. The energy was high as students sat on steps, chairs, on different levels and anywhere they could fit to watch the close game.

Fans cheered and chanted. Cowbells sounded and Creighton won.

CU student Olivia Moss said, "I was so nervous. I kept squeezing my friend’s leg and I'm honestly still shaking right now. I probably would've cried if we didn't win but I just loved every minute of it.”

Michael Boes was more optimistic when things got close. “Never nervous,” he said. “You always have to be confident. You always have to just be cheering as loud as you can. That's how you do it.”

And they’ll do it again on Sunday when Creighton plays Baylor.


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