The Big Blue is about to invade the Big Easy.
The UK basketball team left Lexington for New Orleans late Tuesday afternoon.
Plenty of fans were on hand to send off the Cats.
Only 27 NEWSFIRST was there when the team left Wildcat Lodge.
The East Carter High School Raiders boys basketball team and cheerleaders were among those on hand to cheer on the Cats as they left.
The team is in town to take part in the boys Sweet 16 Tournament, which begins at Rupp Arena Wednesday.
Members of the East Carter team say they got to see some of their favorite players. They also got some autographs.
The Cats are taking a chartered flight to New Orleans.
They play East Tennessee State in the NCAA Tournament's first round. You can see the game live on WKYT Thursday night at 7:15.