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5 Apr, 2015 10:25

Basket cases: 29 arrests as frustrated basketball fans riot in Lexington

Basket cases: 29 arrests as frustrated basketball fans riot in Lexington

Kentucky Wildcats’ fans went wild after a 64-71 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, which dented Kentucky’s hitherto perfect season of 38 straight wins. Wildcats’ aficionados ran riot on the streets, setting things on fire and shrieking abuse at police.

Grief over the loss was unbearable for the Kentucky team and its fans, as they were only two wins away from winning the national championship. This would have been only the second undefeated season in Division I college basketball history. However, the team was upset in the open NCAA Final Four due to Wisconsin’s fortitude and some good luck.

Some Kentucky raging pic.twitter.com/GdRQNAOEqV

— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) April 5, 2015

"It just doesn't feel real at all. There's a lot of emotions going through our heads," AP cited Kentucky’s freshman forward Trey Lyles.

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More fires on Kentucky's State Street pic.twitter.com/dj8CgZbc9T

— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) April 5, 2015

After the match at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, more than a thousand Kentucky fans poured onto the streets of Lexington, Kentucky, to vent their frustration.

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Police let Kentucky fans revel. Or something. Not riot. That only happens in Ferguson https://t.co/JQZIYRBFim - pic.twitter.com/SXT4Eof97X

— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) April 5, 2015

They set things on fire, shrieked in anger, and the frenzy degenerated into fights, with bottles flying through the air.

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KENTUCKY: Fires Continue, More Fights, Girls Flashing, Arrest Count Up To 11 - http://t.co/aMBpNgjsjIpic.twitter.com/7GalJQiH8L

— Breaking News (@Breaking911) April 5, 2015

Over 29 were arrested during the #Kentucky riots, mostly for shouting insults at police, starting fires and scuffling with law enforcement officers, the Courier Journal reports.

Lexington officials slammed the crowd as "rowdy, and at times hostile." At least three people were taken to hospital with injuries.

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Empty beer bottles are next to fall victim #statestreetpic.twitter.com/ZgcED1PHYT

— Cheyene Miller (@CheyeneMiller19) April 5, 2015

At first, Police chose to turn a blind eye to the disappointed fans’ obstreperousness, but some students wouldn’t calm down and kept on asking for trouble.

Just sad on State street in Lexington. #Kentucky fans are burning cars and buildings. 6 arrest so far. pic.twitter.com/8oji5AJlOR

— Skywarn Randy D. (@Dayton325) April 5, 2015

Three police helicopters buzzed overhead and law enforcers in riot gear closed off side roads along State Street, where the main unrest unfolded.

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Another arrest has been made here on State Street after this man started fighting with police. pic.twitter.com/dCtXRtN7EP

— Paris Lewbel (@PLewbel) April 5, 2015