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Louisville native and fan will cheer on NCAA’s biggest underdog

Louisville native and fan will cheer on NCAA’s biggest underdog


VICKI: YOU ARE LOOKING AT A LIVE PICTURE ABOVE THE KFC YUM CENTER. THE FIRST SESSION IS OVER HERE AS FOLKS FILE OUT OF THE ARENA. IT WILL — THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO GO BACK IN FOR THE CINCINNATI -PURDUE GAME. RICK: UPSETS ALREADY IN THAT YUM CENTER. LET’S HOPE THAT 16-SEEDED HAMPTON DOES NOT RAIN ON THE PARADE. VICKI: BIGGEST UPSET IN ALL OF HISTORY IF THEY DO THAT. RICK: HAMPTON COMES IN AT 16-7. IT IS THE PLAYERS’ TIME TO SHINE. WE FOCUS ON THE PLAYERS DURING MARCH MADNESS BUT IT IS ALSO A EXCITING TIME FOR THE CHEERLEADERS. VICKI: ONE CHEERLEADER WITH LOCAL TIES. ANNA-LYSA: MARISSA: — MARISSA: ONE RECENT BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL GRAD WILL BE CHEERING ON THE SIDELINES. BUT NOT FOR THE CATS. MEET T ON AFFORD — TIANA FORD, A LOUISVILLE NATIVE AND U OF L FAN. SHE CHEERED ALL FOUR YEARS AT BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL AND CONTINUED WHEN SHE WENT ON TO COLLEGE. TIANA: I LIKE WATCHING THE GAME. SOMETIMES A CULTURES AND I’M SO INTO THE GAME I HAVE TO CATCH ON AND I FORGET. THEY HEAR US. MARISSA: WHEN HAMPTON ONE THURSDAY NIGHT, FORD WAS THRILLED TO GET A CHANCE TO CHEER AT HOME. TIANA: WHAT HEARST HEARD THEY WERE — WHEN I FIRST HEARD THEY WERE PLAYING U.K., I WAS NOT SURE. I HEARD THEY ARE 34-0. IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE BUT I’M EXCITED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE. ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE LOUISVILLE FANS THAT DOES NOT WANT KENTUCKY TO DO WELL? TIANA: YES. [LAUGHTER] YES. MARISSA: DESPITE HER U OF L ALLEGIANCE, SHE REALIZES THAT KENTUCKY IS COUNTED. TIANA: I HAVE HEARD ABOUT HOW TALL THEY ARE AND I’M EXCITED TO SEE THEM IN PERSON. MARISSA: SHE SAYS IT HAMPTON WINS, THE TEAM WILL MAKE HISTORY AND IF THEY LOSE, THEY WILL BE PART OF HISTORY. U.K.’S HISTORY. TIANA: LET’S GO. MARISSA: IF HAMPTON SOMEHOW SURVIVES, FORD WILL BE BACK AT THE YOUNG CENTER CHEERING SATURDAY. IF NOT, SHE WILL GO HOME A

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