Wolverine fans gear up for the big game
Updated: Monday, April 8 2013, 06:16 PM EDT
MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - It's been a long road to the Final Four, and tonight, all eyes are on the Wolverines.
In just hours the team will attempt to bring home its first national title in nearly 25 years.
Wolverine fans were on cloud nine Saturday night after Michigan narrowly defeated Syracuse, and they hope tonight goes just as well.
Judging by what we ran into around lunch time today, tonight is going to be a very busy night for local bars and restaurants.
"You're going down Louisville! I promise you that one," cheered U of M fan Rudy McPherson Jr..
He tells us the maize and blue love runs in his family.
"I'm very excited. I am more than thrilled," he said.
Managers at Old Burdick's Bar and Grill expect the place to be filled tonight that kind of energy and appetites to match.
"We'll probably do five times as much business as we normally would do on a Monday night," said Alec Durocher, sous chef at Burdick's.
They ordered ten more kegs than usual and eight extra boxes of french fries. A game like this calls for heavy staffing and even a festive dessert. Pastry Chef Sherrie Wilcox made a blue variation of her red velvet cake, layered with a creamy maize topping.
"This is a lemon curd which is lemon juice, lemon rind, egg, and sugar and butter, and you just cook it on a double boiler and it becomes very lovely filling," said Wilcox.
For fans, the treat would be even sweeter if it were served with a win.
"Hopefully if it comes down to a game winner shot, Trey Burke or anybody else on the team can come through," said McPherson Jr. "The University of Michigan represents michigan in my eyes, so for them to win, it would bring joy to the state of Michigan, period."
Durocher says it's not a bad idea to make reservations for tonight, although they don't take them for prime seating in front of the big screen. For those tables, he says, get there early.