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Badgers thank exuberant fans at Final Four welcome home ceremony

MADISON (WKOW) -- Fans filled the lower section of the Kohl Center to welcome the Badger men's basketball team back to Madison.

The Badgers advanced to the NCAA Final Four on Saturday night with an overtime win against Arizona.

"Thank you very much for all you've done," coach Bo Ryan told fans in attendance. "This is for you."

The Badgers last played in the Final Four in 2000.

They'll meet the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

"I've heard things are bigger in Texas," said center Frank Kaminsky. "Hopefully we'll get a bigger trophy."

"It's cool to know we have so much support here from our fans," Kaminsky said of the crowd. "The pictures of State Street (Saturday) night and the videos I saw were just unbelievable."

Senior Joey D'Amato was among the member of the UW band in attendance Saturday.

D'Amato, who plays the cymbals, will be in Dallas next weekend to play at the Final Four.

"I grew up coming to Badger basketball, football, hockey games, everything," D'Amato, originally from McFarland, said. "So it's pretty spectacular having the opportunity to support the team. It's just a really special moment."

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