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IOWA CITY - (CBS2/FOX28) Some Hawkeye fans needed both hands to watch their team play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 8 years Wednesday night.  They kept their fingers crossed on one and checked their cell phones with the other.  Social networking sites like twitter blew up with news and well wishes for Coach Fran McCaffrey's son who underwent surgery earlier in the day to remove a tumor from his thyroid.  For at least one day, 13-year-old Patrick may have had more fans than the hawks.  Twitter and Facebook feeds exploded with friends, fans and total strangers offering prayers under the heading #TeamPat.
 Iowa Hoops posted photos of the Hawkeye players showing their love, wearing t-shirts that read PMac on the front and #TeamPat on the back.  Morgan Johnson tweeted "Team Pat, because some things are bigger than basketball.
On the Ped Mall in Iowa City, Hawk fans say Coach McCaffery has his priorities straight, staying in town until it was clear his son did well in surgery before rejoining the team in Dayton.  Tony Capellin says it was the right thing to do and all the support and prayers on social networks is pure Iowa, " You got to do what you got to do as a dad .. it's a tough situation and you handle it the best you can.  Hawkeye Nation really comes together when they need it. "
They Cyclones and Fred Hoiberg showed their class tweeting," Thinking of the McCaffery family today .. hoping and praying for the best."
 Along with blessings from all across the Big Ten, including Michigan and Purdue, ESPN's Mike Tirico tweeted, " Hoping for the most important win for the Iowa basketball family."
  Iowa sports announcer Andy Garman wrote, " I don't care if you're a Hawkeye, Cyclone or a fan of any other team, for the next 24 hours we're all Team Pat. "
Even Patrick's favorite pro player, Chris Paul, joined in Tuesday night tweeting, " Please keep my buddy Pat McCaffery in your prayers as he undergoes surgery tomorrow morning.  I'm stronger after talking to him. "
 Back on the Ped Mall Hawkeye fan Lee Capps summed up a lot of the hopes and prayers as he pondered the odds of Patrick's surgery coming hours before the Hawkeye's first game of the NCAA Tournament, " For his son to have the fate of this need on the same day we're just hoping that the people of the university get to celebrate two victories today."
In a statement released Wednesday the McCaffery family says Patrick is doing well and now they will wait to see if any additional treatment is needed following surgery.
 
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