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Friday was a day off for the Syracuse Orange as they now prepare for the Marquette Golden Eagles in the Elite 8. Meanwhile, Syracuse fans in Washington, D.C. now have some time to enjoy while they wait for the Saturday afternoon tip off. Brad Vivacqua has more.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There's still a buzz in the air for SU fans in the nation’s Capital following SU's 11 point win over Indiana Thursday night.

Syracuse will tip off against Marquette at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Verizon Center. And with a day off, Orange fans had a chance to take in this historic city.

Whether it's the National Mall, the Capital Building or the Smithsonian Art Museum, there's plenty to check out in Washington, D.C.

SU fan Don Heller and his wife made the trip to see Thursday night’s game and planned to take it all in.

"Bureau of Engraving, the Lincoln Memorial, perhaps the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian. Plenty to see and were all in good spirits because we won last night,” Heller said.

With many off from work Friday and some great weather, families from all over the country were doing the same thing.

Chris Reed said, "This is national history. Our kids are in elementary school. They're learning about all of this now so it's something that's pertinent to them at this time. It's also close proximity to where we are originally from and an easy drive and easy stay.”

After some sightseeing and maybe a good bite to eat, some SU fans we spoke with also plan on getting some rest because it'll be right back to the Verizon Center on Saturday when SU takes on Marquette.

Heller said, "Well Marquette, being a fellow Big East team, knows us pretty well. I think tomorrow's going to be a very challenging game. We owe Marquette from earlier in the year when they beat us."

But with heavy optimism, it's hopeful the Orange will have what it takes to knock off the Golden Eagles on Saturday, with a chance to go to the Final Four.

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