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April 05, 2016

WATCH: Villanova Wildcats return to campus after winning title

Villanova March Madness
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Daniel Ochefu hoists the National Championship trophy in front of cheering Villanova fans.

Less than 24 hours after winning their first title in 31 years, the Villanova Wildcats returned to campus on Tuesday afternoon as a few thousand fans packed into their football stadium to welcome coach Jay Wright and his team home.

But the homecoming party actually started when they landed at Philadelphia International Airport.

They then received a police escort down I-95 and I-476 as to not keep the fans waiting in to cold too long.

And when the team finally arrived on campus, it was bedlam.

After the big welcome, Wright took to the stage to thank NovaNation for their support all season before introducing some of the players -- including captains Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu, as well as Monday night's hero Kris Jenkins.

WATCH: 'Nova players thank the fans

All in all, it was a well-deserved celebration -- one that will continue on Friday when the Wildcats parade through Philadelphia

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