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RICHMOND (AP)-- Virginia Commonwealth University's basketball team leaves Wednesday afternoon, headed to the Final Four.

The Rams will depart for their historic trip to Houston on after fans cheer them on outside the Siegel Center in Richmond. The send-off festivities are scheduled for 2:15 p.m.

VCU is making its first appearance in college basketball's most exclusive gathering. If they defeat Butler on Saturday night, they play the winner of the Kentucky-Connecticut game.

The team's success has electrified fans in Richmond, you might say.

Dominion Power has created a special message on the Canal Street side of its office building on Cary Street.

Through Monday night, the company will keep lights on and open and close the window blinds to spell out VCU GoRams.

At the Jefferson Hotel, 'Go Rams' banners are hanging from its iconic clock tower. Even the statue Thomas Jefferson, who founded the University of Virginia, couldn't escape Ram fever. The statue at the Jefferson is decked out in VCU black and gold.

Governor Bob McDonnell and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels have a friendly bet on VCU-Butler game.

Gov. Daniels will send a variety of duck products from Maple Leaf Farms in Milford, Indiana if Butler loses. Should Butler win, McDonnell will send a hand-cured country ham from S. Wallace Edwards & Sons in Surry.

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