Fans Hope for Victory as Vikings Leave for Final 4

Mar 15, 2017

Students, teachers, administrators, and fans gave the Augustana Men's Basketball team a celebratory sendoff this morning on campus in Rock Island. The Vikings and their coaches got on a charter bus headed for Salem, Virginia, and a police escort led the way to the Final Four.

Coach Giovanine (L) and College Pres. Steve Bahls
Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

College President, Steve Bahls, was on hand to wish the team good luck. And Coach Grey Giovanine was in good spirits before the 13-hour trip to the east coast.

On Friday at 6:30 P.M. Central, Augustana will face Williams in the NCAA Division Three semifinals. Both the Vikings and the Ephs have 23-8 records. The name Ephs (pronounced "EEFS") is short for the founder of the college in Massachusetts, Ephraim Williams.

On Friday night, Augustana will host a watch party at Carver starting at 5:00 P.M. If the Vikings win, fans can gather at the River House in Moline to watch Saturday's championship game, against either Babson or Whitman.