[Ed. – Let’s put the onus where it belongs, here: on the moronic fans who for some reason think they have to behave like European soccer hooligans when their team goes to the NCAA final.]
Lexington — Police used pepper balls to control some rowdy fans and several couch fires were lit in the streets after Kentucky fell to Connecticut in the NCAA basketball championship final.
Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city of Lexington, said 19 couch fires were lit overnight in the State Street area. There were 23 injuries, most of them minor and treated at the scene. She confirmed 31 arrests but had no further details in a statement released Tuesday.
She said in the statement that one of the injured was hit by a train in the State Street area and taken to a hospital. She had no further word on that person’s condition or identity.
The Kentucky Kernel, the university’s independent student-run newspaper, reported that police fired pepper-spray bullets after a fight broke out following the game.