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Louisville fans prepare to celebrate; police prepared too

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- With the street blocked off along Cardinal Boulevard near the heart of the University of Louisville, throngs of students and fans packed nearby bars that spilled into the street to watch the Cardinals men's basketball team try to capture their first national since 1986.

Many of the students gathered inside Cluckers don't remember the last national title. Most of them - even the graduate students - weren't even born in 1980s.

"It may get rowdy but I really doubt that it will go insane," said John Travisano, a U of L student.

Kelly Cox's mother remembers the 1986 champshionship. She told her daughter, Kelly: "That I need to be safe because back in 1986 it was crazy. I now it'll probably be more crazy since it's 2013."

Louisville Metro Police have dispatched 200 police officers that will be scattered across the city. Following Saturday's Final Four win, police reported only one issue on campus of a burning couch.

Most the nine arrests came from Louisville fans celebrating along West Broadway.

"We did not expect to be experiencing shots fired. Large crowds engaged in fighting. Lude behavior, criminal behavior, that is something that has nothing to do with an NCAA celebration and that is something we will try to prevent for tonight's event," said Asst. Chief Kenton Buckner with LMPD.

Andrew Spade, a U of L student, said "there will definitely be a lot of people out in the streets but it will definitely be pretty well controlled.

Thousands of fans flocked to the Cardinal Towne area Saturday night, with many fans anticipating a raucous environment win or lose.

"If not going to Atlanta I'm going to be on campus and this is the only place you can really drink so I'm going to be at Cluckers," said Travisano.

This story will be updated.

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