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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Four teams set to battle it out in Thursday's two NCAA Tournament games at the FedExForum, fans from all over are in town to cheer on their teams and get a taste of what the Mid-South has to offer.

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The rain is not putting a damper on all the excitement near the Beale Street Entertainment District. March Madness has invaded the Memphis with the South Regional, with fans from all over the country coming to cheer on their teams in tonight's doubleheader.

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Whether they're driving or flying, dedicated fans are coming from California, Florida and Ohio to see just how far No. 1 Florida, No. 4 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford and No. 11 Cinderella Dayton can make it in the NCAA tournament.

Everyone is hoping they'll advance to the next round into the Elite 8 and onto the Final Four in Dallas.
 
It's some close matchups with the Cardinal facing the Flyers and the Bruins facing off the overall top-seeded Gators. Many fans admit it'll be tough but no matter which team they're rooting for. Fans are pretty confident their team is in it to win it.

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"Very excited," said Steve Marcus, UCLA fan. "We're thrilled to be back and we're thrilled to be looking at a game with Florida. We unfortunately lost to them in the finals in 2006 and at the Final Four in 2007, so we're looking forward to a little payback tonight."

"It's going to be a hard fought game," said Larry Freeman and Krista Scott, Florida fans. "They've got some good height and we're going to have to hit some. We'll have to have a good game. It'll be a close game but I think we can pull it out."

"They're a great team, great group of guys. They've got the spirit," said Katie Wehrli, Dayton fan.

"They started off kind of iffy and they caught fire at the end of the season, right at the right time so I think they're ready to roll," added Josh and Kelby Cox, Dayton fans.

Dayton and Stanford tip-off at 6:15 p.m., followed by Florida and UCLA 30 minutes after the completion of the Flyers-Cardinal game at around8:45 p.m.

The South Regional championship is Saturday.

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