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Lexington Police prepare for possible unrest after championship game

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- A win for the Wildcats could mean a long night for Lexington police, who tell us they're working hard to ensure no celebrations get out of control.

The Wildcats aren't the only ones with a game plan for tonight. Win or lose, there will be dozens of extra police on the streets in Lexington.

While the basketball Wildcats work on a game plan for UConn, Lexington Police are doing the same for Big Blue Nation.

"Everyone assembled here is ready to help provide a safe and peaceful evening for all those who wish to cheer on the cats," said Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.

Monday afternoon, several Lexington Police agencies talked to the media about what's being done to make sure any potential celebrations don't go too far.

"We've learned significant lessons from 2012," said Bastin. "Especially the game with Louisville."

In 2012, police say some celebrations got out of hand, including an incident when a car was turned over and set on fire -- and there have also been large celebrations after key wins in this year's tournament.

There will be another briefing at 9:30 p.m. and then the extra detail will hit the streets about five minutes before the end of the game.

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