The folks at Wildcat Wearhouse knew Saturday would be a long night. They just didn't expect it to be quite so tense.
Even at halftime, with the score tied, the staff of the company that makes T-shirts and other gear for University of Kentucky fans was feeling confident enough to go outside and hook up party lights for the parking lot.
But as the second half saw the Cats fall behind, Wildcat Wearhouse employees got pretty antsy.
Some had come upstairs to watch the game and decided maybe they better go back down. Anything to reverse the bad mojo. Others couldn't take the nail-biting stress and left.
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But they couldn't really leave. They had to be there so they could start printing Final Four shirts after the game.
As soon as the final shots went in and the buzzer went off, after a minute or two of jubilation, they raced downstairs.
"Time to go print now! It's show time," said Rhea Starns, public relations manager for the business, which has its headquarters and a store on Broadway.
Wildcat Wearhouse was prepared to stay open as long as there were fans in line, said Ashley Filer, store manager.
"And we'll be back open again at 8 a.m.," she said.
Almost immediately, employees began putting out T-shirts in blue and black as fans began to arrive.
Porcha Barbour of Lexington was first in line, moments after the game ended.
She actually left home with 3 minutes to go in the game, she said, even though the Wildcats were still down at the time.
"I have faith in my Cats," she said. "I just jumped in my car and headed down here."
And if the Wildcats win again Saturday, the printers will be back at it, getting ready for the championship game on April 6.