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UNLV basketball fans head to San Jose for NCAA Tournament

UNLV basketball fans head to San Jose for NCAA Tournament

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Mar 18, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- University of Nevada, Las Vegas fans are packing up and heading to San Jose for Thursday's NCAA Tournament game against California.

"We found a flight for about $150 up to Stockton, and then we can drive our way to San Jose," said UNLV fan Buddy Fishman. 

It isn't just planes transporting fans from Las Vegas to the Bay Area.

"There's also a megabus that drives you from here to LA then LA to San Jose," said Cole Turner. "There's one group who rented a van and they've got 12 people packed in a van to go down there."

UNLV students are trying to get to San Jose any way they can to cheer on their Runnin' Rebels.

They're also making sure they have the right gear -- the UNLV bookstore was packed Monday morning.

Fans say it's all part of the gameday experience.

"It's just something that draws you in, and once you're hooked, you're hooked and there's no getting out of it," Turner said. 

Cole Turner has an unwavering passion for the Rebs. He helps lead "The Rebellion" -- a die-hard group of student fans who lead cheers at games.

"Our goal is to just give them the biggest advantage possible," said Turner. 

"We want to get as many fans as possible up to San Jose because we don't want it to be a home game for Cal," said Fishman.

UNLV fans hope Thursday's game is just the start of a long tournament run.

"We're packing for two games, and booking our trips to Washington D.C. for the Sweet Sixteen already," said Turner.

"You got to expect that we're going to win the National Championship," said Fishman.