The Huskies boarded their team bus at noon Tuesday for Charlotte. In front of a crowd of fans and media, the team bus departed between the tennis courts and Edmundson Pavilion. Players were very relaxed, many of them with a box of pizza as they hopped on the bus.

"It's exciting we want try to hurry up adn get there. We are happy to do this," says Justin Holiday.

Huskies Guard Isaiah Thomas, receiving some advice from Seattle Native and former Wildcat Jason Terry, who won an NCAA Championship with the University of Arizona in 1997.

"His biggest thing was take it one game at a time, you can't overlook any teams," says Thomas.

The Huskies, seeded seventh in the East region, open Friday night against No. 10 seed Georgia in Charlotte, N.C.

A win over the Bulldogs would likely set up a Sunday meeting with No. 2 seed North Carolina just a couple of hours from the Tar Heels’ campus.

Travelling to South Carolina, is the farthest East the Huskies have been asked to travel for the opening rounds of the tournament since 2004. The travel across three time zones and late tip-off Friday night has many players eager to get on the court and play.

"I have been talking about it all day. I can't wait to play it is just fun playing in the tournament atmosphere," says Holiday.