A charter bus is taking University of Nebraska at Omaha students to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Tuesday so they can cheer on the Mavericks in their quest to make the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
No. 2 seed UNO will play in its second Summit League championship final in three years at 8 p.m. The Mavs will play No. 4 seed North Dakota State, which defeated Western Illinois in Monday's first semifinal. UNO defeated Purdue Fort Wayne in Monday's second semifinal game.
The winner of the Tuesday night game will get the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.
The students who are heading up Tuesday afternoon will join the students already in Sioux Falls and others who are driving up themselves, said Bill Pickett, UNO's director of spirit and tradition. "We'll have a good showing," he said. "Our students have been super pumped up. We continue to get more and more interest" as the team continues to win.
The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com and on radio station AM 1180.
The bus left the Milo Bail Student Center at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25, which covers transportation and a ticket to the game.
Not to look too far ahead, but Pickett said that if UNO wins Tuesday night, the school will arrange for buses to take students to wherever UNO plays.
"We'll fill them," he said. "What an awesome opportunity. Students like being part of history."
Pickett noted that when the UNO hockey team made it to the Frozen Four in 2015, UNO took four buses full of students to Boston.
The World-Herald will have live updates from Tuesday night's game, along with coach Derrin Hansen's postgame press conference.