Final Four party continues tonight in New Orleans

Final Four party continues tonight in New Orleans
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 11:18am

Many travel agents say New Orleans is a great place to visit if you're looking for tranquility and relaxation.

Okay, no travel agent has likely ever uttered those words, and if they have, they should be fired.

Outside of Las Vegas, New Orleans may be the best-known U.S. city for partying, especially when you add thousands of rabid college basketball fans from the two winningest college programs in history.

Before the winning team and its fans throw down in the ultimate celebration, both sides took time ahead of the game to bask in the moment down in the bayou.

Alternating chants of "go cats!" and "rock chalk" have been mixing with the sounds of street bands to fill the air in the Big Easy all weekend. It's not exactly Mardi Gras, but for two fiercely loyal fanbases, there is no better place to celebrate the climax of a journey that started way back in October.

Kentucky fans can boast being favored in the game, and that their program has the most wins in history, at 2,089, as well as seven national titles.

Kansas sits only 19 wins behind at 2,070, and hopes to close the gap on titles tonight, Monday, April 2. A win would be its fourth all-time.

The game will be a rematch of Kentucky coach John Calipari versus Kansas coach Bill Self from the 2008 national championship game; Self's Jayhawks beat Calipari's Memphis Tigers for the title back in 2008.

This will also be a chance for Jayhawk redemption from earlier this season, as they were beaten 75-65 by this same Kentucky squad back in November.

Tip time is set for 9:00 p.m. tonight. But until then, let the partying continue!

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