FSU fans brave the cold for Top 25 matchup against Purdue

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By: Katie Kaplan | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Thousands of people braved the cold Wednesday night to watch the Florida State University men's basketball team take on Purdue.

Both teams entered the game ranked in the Top 25 and the matchup was broadcasted on ESPN-2.

A long line of fans were waiting outside the Tucker Center before the doors opened. The Lady Spirithunters, an on-campus organization, tried to conjure up school spirit by painting war stripes on fans' faces.

"Everyone is running inside because it's freezing," Savannah Vickery said.

"I think that, because of this, we're probably going to win," said Marc Weinstein of his new face paint.

Ed Vertuno, who did not go to FSU, but was converted to a fan in 1971, rushed inside where he knew there was a warm seat waiting.

"We had these seats about 15 years and it's nice," Vertuno said.

Meanwhile, Boilermaker fans traveled in packs and were not phased by the cold.

"We have a group of 10," said Purdue alumni Karen Novak. "It's like 4 inches of snow and 20 degrees at home. This is great."

"I'll take a 1-point win or a 50-point win. I don't care," said Purdue fan Michael Mazier.

Noles fans disagreed with the opposition's opinion on the weather and the game.

"We're going to win," said FSU senior Hunter Wheeler. "We're the best team."

No. 15 Florida State stole the win from No. 19 Purdue, 73-72.

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