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The fans weren’t the only ones savoring the moment as the majority of players carried hand-held video recorders to document the moment.

“I like that everybody is enjoying the moment,” senior guard Jamie Skeen said in an earlier interview. “Everybody wants an autograph and pictures.”

Those gathered around the players chanted, “Our time. Right now.” The team’s current slogan matched the stickers many donned on their clothing.

“I have been following the team since I got here as a freshman,” senior business marketing major Anahita Sarshar said. “It is beyond my dreams what is happening right now. I honestly didn’t expect it to happen this year.”

The excitement of the rally and the Rams’ unforgettable run to the Final Four has not been limited to students. Teachers have taken interest as well.

“It’s incredible,” said mass communications professor Bill Oglesby, who has taught at the university for eight years. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s just such a great time.

“It’s such a great to be a student here because I’m experiencing what a great time it is to teach here so I can only imagine what it’s like to be a student here.”

Signs held high said “VCU kick some BUTT-ler” and “Even art students love basketball.” VCU’s national semifinal game Saturday is against Butler, like VCU a mid-major and a team that played in the national final last season.