Final Four fever grips Chapel Hill

Posted March 27

— Up and down Franklin Street in Chapel Hill on Monday, cash registers were ringing as fans of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels stocked up on T-shirts and other gear in celebration of their team's advance to the Final Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

At Underground Printing, they couldn't make enough Final Four shirts to meet demand.

"We cannot get off the phone. It's been ringing off the hook. It's been definitely crazy," said Elizabeth Flake.

With the Tar Heels needing every last second to dispatch of the University of Kentucky Wildcats Sunday night, Flake's work did not begin until after the game.

"They print last night, and now they're all on their way coming from various printers, and they literally drive through the night," she said.

All that effort stocks shelves for fans like Julie Hennis, who came to Franklin Street Monday to get her hands on a new shirt.

UNC T-shirts

"It was beautiful. It was wonderful. We are really excited," Fred Black said of UNC's victory.

He and other fans were acquainting themselves with their new hero, Luke Maye, maker of the last-second shot that kept the Heels alive.

"We never gave up hope," Hennis said.

Back on campus for a Monday morning class, Maye got a standing ovation.

Fans are outfitted for the Final Four and hoping to cheer their team to a national championship next week.


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