MINNEAPOLIS, Mn. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Like so many Virginia men’s basketball fans, Matt Palumbo says he was stressed out and praying through the first two weekends of this NCAA Tournament.
But now Palumbo is back at work.
A second-year manager with the Wahoos, Palumbo is in Minneapolis at the Final Four with the team. When UVA coach Tony Bennett wanted another practice player this week, the St. Anne’s-Belfield graduate got the call.
It’s an assignment that Palumbo is more than okay with.
“People have asked me that and frankly I don’t really have words for it," Palumbo said Friday in the UVA locker room at US Bank Stadium. "You watch Final Fours from the time you’re a little one, and watching UVA. And then all of a sudden it like, everything is culminating, coming together."
"And it’s kind of an emotional overload a little bit, just because I’ve been a fan my whole life and now I’m actually a part of it and here, it’s special. I can’t really describe it.”
Palumbo was on the court with the Cavaliers on Friday as they practiced in front of fans who made their way to US Bank Stadium. He also watched as the team's locker room was swarmed by reporters both Thursday and Friday morning.
“I think we’re ready to go," Palumbo said. "It’s a long week. There’s a lot of build-up, a lot of media. I didn’t expect the whole production that it’s been. And I think people are just ready to play.”