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Amherst residents ready for UMass tournament game

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AMHERST, MA (WSHM) -

It was very quiet on the University of Massachusetts campus Thursday, as students have not yet returned from spring break.

It was especially quiet at the Mullins Center, the usual home for the Minutemen basketball team.

Of course, they are in Raleigh, NC, getting ready for Friday's big game against Tennessee, UMass' first tournament game since 1998.   

That excitement in North Carolina carries on closer to home.

"It means we're going to busy open to close and we look forward to that," said Barbara Louyakis, front end manager for the Amherst Brewing Company (ABC).

ABC will be open for business and they are expecting a lot of it. The facility is hosting a watch party on Friday afternoon, which means a lot more people than your typical lunch crowd.

"On a normal Friday, we might have two servers," said Louyakis. "Tomorrow, we're going to have closer to 10. It's definitely going to be more like a Saturday night, not a Friday day."

"I remember the '90s and they were doing really good," UMass senior Christopher Loud stated, remembering past Minutemen teams. "It's really great. It brings a lot of good energy to the school."

Loud is not just a student, he was raised in Amherst and told CBS 3 that he will not miss Friday's game, but it will be a little tough to watch on television.

"I would love to be there so bad," said Loud. "With some of the bigger schools out there, they could definitely use our support. We have a really big fanbase. I hope we have a lot of people going out there."

UMass will face Tennessee on Friday at approximately 2:45 p.m.

The game will air on CBS 3 Springfield.

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