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UNC Students Camp Out in Deantown for Chance to...

Posted March 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A tent city of sorts has sprouted outside the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Some Tar Heel faithful are hoping for a shot at 350 student tickets being sold for the NCAA Final Four, which has Carolina playing Arizona at 5:42 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on WRAL-TV5.

The students began setting up camp not long after the team cut down the nets in Syracuse as winner of the East Regional. The Tar Heel held off a late rally from the Louisville Cardinals to earn a fourth appearance to the Final Four since 1990. (The team has advanced to the Final Four in each of the odd-numbered years of this decade.)

"I'm Tar Heel born. I'm Tar Heel bred, and when I die I'm Tar Heel dead," said UNC student Chris Clark, reciting the lines to the North Carolina fight song. "And by God, I'm going to the Final Four if I can."

Students had to brave near-freezing temperatures early Monday, but the climate was expected to be kinder -- about 40 -- early Tuesday.

"It was pretty cool last night, but today it's better," Clark said. "I can still feel my finger. So it's OK."

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday.