College basketball fans are known to do some crazy things from time to time. In Philippi, they are crazy about basketball. But it's my job to find out just how crazy they really are.
"I'm expecting a lot of energy and the crowd to be crazy and just a fun game," A-B freshman Jonica Wildes said. "I'm expecting a win."
On Saturday, Rex Pyles Arena was transformed from a basketball arena to a madhouse.
"The fact that we have so many more athletes on campus now from adding all these other sports teams gives you an automatic bigger student section. So it has grown. We've allowed the spirit to grow, we've encouraged the spirit to grow. So I think our kids are really having fun at these games," A-B Athletic Director Denny Creehan said.
"There's so many more people here playing sports and we're able to have a lot more fans come to these games. There's just so much more of an atmosphere on and off the playing fields and stuff like that," A-B senior Sarah Holmes said.
So I figured if these guys could do it, then why not me? Besides, I'm only a few years removed from my college days at WVU.
"It gets their adrenaline flowing," Creehan said of the basketball team. "They want to do well for their classmates and their schoolmates. So it's just a win-win situation for everybody."
At the end of the day West Liberty got the win over the Battlers and remain one of the top teams in America. But a new precedent was set at Saturday's game. College basketball is alive and well at Alderson-Broaddus, thanks to the fans who make the game so special.