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U of L Police work on game plan for Sweet 16's Battle of Bluegrass

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U of L fans celebrate outside of Cardinal Towne after Louisville's national championship victory in 2013. U of L fans celebrate outside of Cardinal Towne after Louisville's national championship victory in 2013.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Win or lose, Friday night could be chaotic in Louisville after the Sweet 16 matchup of Bluegrass rivals Louisville and Kentucky. 

Right now, The University of Louisville Police Department is working on a game plan to make sure things don't get out of control after the game.

That means Cardinal Blvd will be on lock down. The University of Louisville campus is pretty subdued right now, but things could change Friday night.

"When there's a big game like this people are going to be really excited, emotions are going to be really high so," said U of L senior Dominique Razeeq.

The scene was chaotic after last year's championship run. 

"It was crazy, everybody, right in front of Cardinal Towne, the whole entire street was just full of people," Razeeq said.

Monday morning, campus police started working on a game plan for Friday night's Battle of the Bluegrass.

"It's a special game and it's the University of Louisville versus University of Kentucky and of course, many people in our community are excited about that game," said U of L Police Major David James.

It is a game that will send either U of L or UK to the Elite 8 and fans to the streets.

"And so the possibilities of the win will cause people to want to come outside and celebrate. And we want to make sure that when they do that they're safe and that they're doing it in a safe way," said Major James.

And that will require police to shut down or block several streets on campus during the game.

"And immediately following the game will be blocking 4th at Bloom, 3rd and Bloom, 2nd at Cardinal, 3rd at Eastern and 4th at Industry," said Major James.

Meanwhile, the main focus is on what will happen on the basketball court. 

"I'm just nervous that the same thing is going to happen as last time, I'm just hoping our big men can actually hold on to Julius Randle," said U of L student Luke Blandford.

But students are glad the basketball Cardinals aren't the only ones working on a game plan for Friday night.

"That way they don't destroy the campus," Blandford said.

"If they work something out now it'll get them prepared if we do win the championship again, they'll definitely be a lot more prepared than they were last year," said U of L student A. J. Logsdon.

U of L police say the game plan will be in place win or lose.

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