Sea of green welcomes Spartans at Final Four

Undefeated Kentucky is the team many expect to win it all, but there's a big patch of green in the crowd at Indianapolis as well.

As Michigan State's basketball team gears up to face Duke in Saturday's semifinal, it has plenty of support from those donning green and white.

On Friday, plenty of fans showed their Spartan pride watching the team practice at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"We never thought we'd be here for one thing so this is awesome," said one fan in green and white overalls. "We had plans for this week until this happened, we broke them all and said let's go to practice.

"We don't even have tickets but we came down to support the Spartans."

April and Brandon Hilliard moved from Michigan to Avon, Indiana, eight years ago. That made Friday's practice feel like a slice of home.

"Nobody expected them to beat Indiana," Brandon said. "I was just elated. That's been the story of their year, they just played so tough all year long. You just have to love the fight in this team."

As much fun as the fans are having, the players appreciate the support. 

"With their help, throughout the ups and downs of Oklahoma and Louisville they carries us through," said Denzel Valentine. 

"The fans mean a lot to us," said LouRawls Nairn, Jr. "It's been an up and down year. They've been with us, they've been sticking with us, throughout the whole year. They travel everywhere with us. 

"Everywhere we go, we see green and white. That's been great for us we want to keep please them and keep giving them great basketball." 

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