Fans pack John Paul Jones Arena to cheer Cavaliers to the championship

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The atmosphere was electric in John Paul Jones Arena on Monday night, as fans watched every nail-biting moment of the NCAA Championship matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

For some, cheering on the 'Hoos this season has been a family affair. Among the thousands of faces in the crowd at JPJ were Joy and Elle Abel.

Joy Abel is a life long fan, all thanks to her dad. It's a family thing, and they roll deep.

"I came to basketball games with him and I saw Ralph Sampson's last home game and that was 1983 and I never thought I would see this again so I'm so excited," Abel said.

Joy's daughter Elle didn't fall too far from the tree. Both can recall how they felt last Saturday, during UVA's game against Auburn.

"We were in a hotel and she was screaming in the lobby and I was there screaming there with her. It's been a lot of fun."

The emotion didn't stop there.

"It was emotional, it was emotional. We were together in DC watching this last game and I was almost in tears and I could not believe he pulled that out! What a redemption story from last year I mean so happy for him," Joy said of Kyle Guy and his game-winning free throws in the Auburn match-up.

Now the family can celebrate the biggest game in the history of the program. The best part is, they get to do it together.