Tallahassee, Fla. -- It's been an amazing run for Florida State basketball.
"I felt that through the ups and the downs, this team has grown and has matured in a lot of different ways," said FSU men's head basketball coach Leonard Hamilton after Florida State upset Notre Dame in the round of thirty two.
Now the 'Noles are heading to the Sweet Sixteen.
"It's been fun right now. We've just been enjoying the moment and haven't really looked back," adds FSU junior center Xavier Gibson.
Hamilton adds, "You have an opportunity to participate for a national championship. It inspires you, it motivates you and gets you excited."
Before Sunday's win, Florida State had not reached the regional semifinals since the 1993 season when Doug Edwards, Sam Cassell and Bob Sura led the FSU to the Elite 8.
"One of our goals, change the culture when we got here, the '08 class." FSU junior forward Chris Singleton says. "I feel like every year we've done something special."
As great as the feeling is, Florida State can't stay on cloud nine forever. The season lives on for at least one more game.
"It's over," FSU senior guard Derwin Kitchen says. "We're in the sweet sixteen and those last two games are over so we need to focus on Friday."
Waiting for the 'Noles in San Antonio is a meeting with 11th seeded VCU, who has shocked the college basketball world with its run through the tournament.
"They're a very good basketball team. They've earned the right to be here just like any other team that's in the tournament. We realize we're going to have to be at our very best if we're going to be successful."
Midnight strikes for one of the two Cinderella teams at the Alamodome on Friday, with the winner having its fairy tale dream live on for one more game.