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AU scores big win, but little buzz

Thursday - 3/13/2014, 3:16pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- At American University, there's little buzz on campus surrounding the men's basketball team's big win in Boston Wednesday.

The victory over Boston University gave American an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and sent the Eagles to the big dance for just the third time in school history.

But it came as AU was on spring break.

With most students back home, a small but passionate group followed its team up north.

"There were about 50 of us there," says sophomore Lee France, who stayed on campus during spring break to work as a building manager. He and other students traveled by bus, leaving D.C. at 8 a.m. Wednesday, and returning less than 24 hours later. France was joined by junior Teddy McCullough in making the trip, and in storming the court after the win. "We all knew it was going to happen," McCullough says. "It was kind of, ‘If we win, we're going to storm the court.'"

"Everyone was chanting ‘AU!' and ‘We're number one!'… I've never seen school spirit like that."

American now hopes to be this year's Cinderella team.

"We've beaten the odds so far," says McCullough. "I'm pretty hopeful that we can get pretty far."

Classes resume on Monday, meaning students will be back in place on campus for Selection Sunday, when American learns who it will face in the opening round of the tournament.

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