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Fans burn couches after Wildcats win

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

The Wildcats were hot on the court, easily winning their way to the Final Four, but it was no where near the heat felt on the Lexington streets.

Fans spilled onto streets chanting and cheering, but some fans went further. On State Street, a cell phone video shows a couch on fire in the middle of the road and plenty of blue clad fans watching, but the boys in blue got the fire and the crowd under control as quickly as possible. Police say at least three people were arrested in the area for alcohol intoxication Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the crowds along South Limestone were kept in check by a heavy police presence as officers patrolled on foot and by bicycle.

"Last year was crazier, we broke a few windshields but this year they've really tamed us. Props to the Lexington police their taming them," said Tyler Vincent, a fan having fun downtown.

The police even blocked off part of South Limestone following the game to allow the fans to spill into the street to celebrate.

"Oh man, this is awesome it's completely crazy down here," said Michael Kennett of the crowd on South Limestone.

While there is a lot of love for the Cats win, there's even more love for the next match up in the Final Four where the Cats will take on in-state rival, Louisville.

"It's going to be a big deal," stated Kaytie Menne.

"It's going to be the best thing that happened to the state," said Jason Darling, "obviously, the Cats are going to win."

"The entire state will burn down," added Kelsie Goodwin.

Already, the fans are ready to see the Big Blue Nation win and move on to the Championship because as these fans know, a Final Four appearance is great but a National title is even better.

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