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Bill Murray arrived in Des Moines to take in all the madness the opening rounds of the NCAA Basketball tournament have to offer, but the visit may have been cut short.

The eccentric and popular comedian arrived in Iowa early Thursday morning to support his son, Luke Murray, in his role as assistant coach to the Louisville Cardinals. 

The Cardinals found themselves matched up against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, which set Murray up to root against them.

The furry puppet nemesis that bedevils Murray in his iconic role as Carl Spackler, the paranoid and outrageous groundskeeper in the 1980 cult comedy favorite "Caddyshack," was a gopher, which led to pretty much everyone making the same joke.

Bill Murray was once again at war with a family of unruly gophers.

Even commentator Dan Bonner couldn't help but get his quip off.

"Murray hoping Louisville can do what he never could... blow up the gophers," he said during the broadcast.

Nor could Des Moines-area restaurants stop themselves from trying to get in on the Bill Murray madness. Establishments like Exile Brewery and Captain Roy's tried to entice the comedian to stop by for a drink and a meal.

In the end, Cardinals fans never got the pleasure of saying "au revoir, gopher."

Minnesota beat Louisville 86-76 and, despite no shortage of firepower, Murray and his son's team found themselves outwitted by Gophers once again. 

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