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The Nevada men's basketball team is playing for its first national postseason championship, Friday, at Lawlor Events Center. 

The Wolf Pack has cruised through the College Basketball Invitational, winning three straight before splitting with Morehead St. in the Finals.

The idea of the silver and blue taking home a trophy in April has many fans and students excited.

"I've never been to a Wolf Pack game, so far this year, but I've read a lot and I've actually watched some of them on TV and they're amazing this year," Tiffani Curtis, University of Nevada Junior said. "I think they're on fire."

"The Wolf Pack's been doing really good, this whole season, and I hope they win because they've been on that grind," Dana Hernandez, University of Nevada Sophomore said. "Usually, by the end of the game, it's super hyped because we're so close."

Nevada is 23-14, more than doubling its win total from a year ago. 

Still, many say the CBI isn't grabbing the attention that the NCAA Tournament or National Invitational Tournament do. There are still about 3,000 tickets left for the 6:00pm tip-off.

"I didn't even know there was a CBI tournament, to be honest," Christopher Mendoza, University of Nevada Sophomore said. "I didn't realize there was a game, tonight."

Others say they haven't even heard many students talk about the 3-game series on the Nevada campus.

"Not that I'm aware of," Julia Trowbridge, University of Nevada Junior said. "I didn't know there was a game."

Despite two close games against the Eagles, Lawlor has yet to sell out. In Game 2 of the Finals, attendance was more than 7,400. The arena holds more than 11,500 fans. 

The first two games got chippy at times, and many fans say they can't wait to see what happens in the last game of the year. Especially, members of the band who have been to nearly every home game, this season.

"I'm pretty excited," Alec Rigg, University of Nevada Junior saxophone player said. "It's a really big game and really excited to play there. It would definitely put the school and the athletic department on the map."

"People have been talking all across campus," Cameron Hawkins, University of Nevada Senior alto saxophone player said. "Especially, people in the band. We love going to the basketball games. We love supporting the Pack."

Employees at the Nevada Wolf Shop say they have seen more foot traffic during the final week of March, with Wolf Pack fans looking for new gear.

"The whiteout game, the other day, a lot of people were coming and getting gear for that, and I'm sure tonight, there will be a lot of people getting ready for the game, showing their spirit," Kim Bailin, University of Nevada Junior said.

Most students, we talked to, said they do not plan on going to the final basketball game of the year, but the one's that will be attending predict a Wolf Pack victory. They say if the players are able to cut down the nets, Friday night, it will go a long way towards making it into the NCAA Tournament, a year from now.

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