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Villanova students gear up to welcome home NCAA champs

Nova' students gearing up to welcome home their men's basketball team, which is returning with its second NCAA championship in three years.

Fans cheer on the campus of Villanova University after the NCAA college basketball national championship game between Villanova and Michigan, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. Villanova won 79-62. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)
Fans cheer on the campus of Villanova University after the NCAA college basketball national championship game between Villanova and Michigan, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. Villanova won 79-62. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Students at Villanova University are gearing up to welcome home their men’s basketball team, which is returning with its second NCAA championship in three years.

A school spokesman says the team is set to arrive at Philadelphia’s airport around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, and the Wildcats will make their way to a celebration at the Jake Nevin Field House that starts around 6 p.m. Classes have been canceled.

Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62 in Monday’s title game in San Antonio, setting off a raucous celebration around the suburban Philadelphia campus.

As soon as the game ended, fans streamed into the streets, cheering and chanting. Police reported two arrests following the partying.

News video showed a small bonfire being set in the street and some students trying to jump over the flames.