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Disappointed UK fans take to the streets after NCAA championship loss

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Disappointed UK fans gathered on State Street late Monday after UK's 60-54 loss to UConn.

Despite the loss, there was still plenty of partying -- although the mood was somewhat angry, with a crowd of thousands chanting obscenities, lighting fires and climbing telephone phones.

Even so, police and fire officials say the crowd's behavior wasn't as bad as expected. 

"They've been verbally angry, yes," said Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott. But as a lot of pushing and fights and things like that, that you would expect to see, we haven't seen those quite yet."

Some fans threw beer bottles and burning trash through the air. A few people were injured, including one woman taken away in a stretcher with serious cuts to her head.

"People are taking kind of crazy risks ... a lot of the beer bottle chucking and stuff," Wainscott said. "We've already had a couple of serious injuries tonight, we had to get them (the victims) out of the crowds."

The crowd grew by thousands as fans seemed to come from everywhere to show their disappointment in the final score.

"I'm really proud that the boys made it this far," said UK Freshman Courtney Draper. "But it's like really upsetting that we didn't make it this time."

Many fans were still happy about how far the Cats have come this season, and say it was nice to prove everyone wrong.

UK Freshman Tanner Richards put it this way: "We went far for what everybody predicted us to do. We were a number one seed overall in the beginning, and we showed it at the end. We went to where we needed to be."

The crowds were cleared during the early morning hours of Tuesday, when street sweepers moved in.

A celebration and welcome home ceremony is set for today at 2 p.m. at the Bluegrass Airport, followed by a rally at Rupp Arena. Reserved seating is free, but you must pick up tickets at the Rupp Arena ticket office. The tickets went on sale at 8 a.m., and doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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