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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Jubilant Cardinal basketball fans hit the streets of Louisville after the U of L men won their third national championship.
The celebration was rowdy but safe in most areas. The largest of the crowds packed Cardinal Boulevard near U of L's Belknap campus. An estimated 7,000 people dressed in red danced, screamed, cheered and partied until the early hours.
Louisville Metro Police say they made 23 arrests across the city in the hours following Louisville's 82-76 win over Michigan. LMPD spokeswoman Officer Carey Klain says 14 people were arrested for alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Additional arrests were made for resisting arrest and other minor offenses.
Police say crowds near the University of Louisville campus did get a little out of hand after 2 a.m. That's when police fired "pepperballs" at the ground to disperse students and fans. One LMPD officer was injured, when a bottle hit his head. Police in riot gear finally marched in a line formation down Cardinal Boulevard to clear the street.
Mounted officers patrolled the West Broadway corridor to keep the cruising orderly. No major problems were reported. But there were reports of shots fired near Dixie Highway and Garland Avenue about 3 a.m. Police are investigating, but it is not clear whether the incident is related to the celebration.
In the Highlands, thousands packed Baxter Avenue near Bardstown Road. Fans danced in the streets and kept the party going until about 2 a.m., when police reopened the intersection.