IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Hawkeyes stirred up a lot of excitement in Eastern Iowa Thursday, despite a disappointing end to the game.
People packed bars, restaurants and homes, hoping to watch the Hawks bring home the NIT championship. Fans kept their eyes glued to televisions screens all night long.
"We're just a bunch of band kids who decided to come watch the game," said Aubry Fryers.
There wasn't a bad seat in the house for the show-down between the Baylor Bears and the Iowa Hawks. Downtown Iowa City was filled with fans of every age, doing what they do best.
"To cheer, definitely to cheer and support our team and win the finals!" Hayley Thuline said.
But some opted for a quieter scene with a futon and a few friends.
A group of students wathed the big game in an apartment near campus. They are members of the Hawks Nest, which is a campus organization that's known as the official student fan section.
The group, of course, knew the team couldn't hear them, but they still rooted for the Hawks from afar.
"We're just blasting everything on our social media pages and our multimedia pages," said Hawks Nest's Lynn Rider.
Fans, however, know the fun is all over after Thursday night's game. Still, after an NIT battle like this year's, many say this just gives the team momentum.
"A deep post season run like this really can't hurt, so I think next year we'll be back to where we were in the early 2000s," said Hawks Nest's TJ McCann.
Students said they wouldl be ready to celebrate and cheer even more, next season.
The final score was Iowa 54, Baylor 74.