UK loss makes for milder celebrations

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police prepared for reaction from students and fans as the teams got ready to square off in the NCAA championship game.

Police and university officials at UK say large crowds have so far been mostly well-behaved and under control after previous wins.

Authorities there say they doused more than 40 small fires in all and arrested six people in the State Street area after Saturday's win over Wisconsin.

UK fell to UCONN in the championship game, so the celebrations now in Lexington are calmer than when the Cats win.

WKYT's Jerrika Insco reports that a lot of the fans who were filling the bars on S. Limestone quietly headed home after Monday night's game.

As far as State Street, fires and arrests were made directly following the Wildcats and Huskies matchup. However, not as many fans gathered there compared to Saturday night following their win over Wisconsin.

According to officials, the latest numbers on the celebration scene totals as of 1:25 a.m. are 17 couch fires, 15 trash fires, and 14 injuries. We're told one person was hit by a train near Conn Terrace and transported to the hospital.

Police are prepared for celebrations and remain on standby in the State Street area. South Limestone has since reopened and no crowds are gathered there.


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