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Die-hard local UVA fans make trip to NY for Sweet 16 game

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University of Virginia (UVA) grads Emmy and David Ready said they just couldn't pass up a chance to see their alma mater play in a Sweet 16 tournament game - at none other than Madison Square Gardens, no less.

Joe Harris from UVA warms up at Madison Square Gardens before the Sweet 16 match against Michigan State on March 27, 2014. (AP Photo)

"We're very excited...and a little nervous," they said. "It's going to be nerve-wracking."

But, Emmy and David are raising a young fan who still has to get used to this type of thing - young Tommy will be at the game, too.

"He says 'wahoo, waaa, go!' and he yells at Harris when he plays," said Emmy with a laugh.

Tommy's not the only one yelling for Joe Harris - he's become the "sweetheart" of the Sweet 16.

But, it's not cheap to come see Harris and his mates in person. There are just a few hundred seats left for Friday night's matchup at the Garden between the Cavs and Michigan State, and tickets are going for as high as $3,000 a pop.

"It's really hard to get tickets," said Fairfax native and UVA alum Ben Moon.

Moon and his former college roommates were able to get tickets, and traveled up from D.C. Friday for the game.

Friday, Moon was looking into restaurants in the area of the Gardens, for before the game.

"I've gotta make sure we have a pre-game meal - the whole nine yards," he said.

Moon and his buddies will be sitting at the top of the newly-renovated arene, where tickets are going for about $500 a piece - but for die-hard Virginia fans like them, it's money well spent, they said.

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