It's been a long time since the University of Louisville has a party of epic proportions to celebrate a basketball national title.
It has happened twice before.
The Cardinals celebrated a 1980 championship with a massive party in Freedom Hall and then had the streets of Louisville celebrating again in 1986.
"We're due again," former U of L coach and Hall of Famer Denny Crum said. "It's been a long time and there's been some really good teams at Louisville."
The Cardinals will have a chance to win the school's third national title tonight at 9:20 p.m. when they take on Michigan in the title game.
U of L has been to the Final Four in 2005 and '12 but this marks the first time back in the title game since a win over Duke in '86.
"It's hard to believe it's been 27 years since the last championship," said Jeff Hall, a guard on the '86 team. "It's been way too long."
Roger Burkman, the sixth-man on the '80 championship team, agreed with the program being long overdue for a title. He and several other players on past championship teams said the '80 and '86 players are "waiting for someone else to join the fraternity" of champions at U of L.
"It would mean so much to our community and to our city," Burkman said. "There's been so many good players over the years, I like to think it's time."
U of L is one of the most successful programs in the country and according to Forbes Magazine is the most valuable program in the country.
Now, as Crum put it a title could make things even better.
"I am as excited as anybody," Crum said. "It's been a long time and we've had a lot of great teams. It would be great to see for the university and the city.
"Louisville is due."