Thirty-one people were arrested in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday night after the Kentucky Wildcats lost to the Wisconsin Badgers in the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.
Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said that most of the arrests were for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reported.
The department deployed police officers in riot gear after the Wildcats were defeated 71-64.
Approximately 1,500 people swarmed the streets near the University of Kentucky campus after the game.
The officers mostly just kept an eye on the crowd, but did use pepper balls to break up a fight, Roberts said.
"(Police are) thankful no one was seriously injured and that there was no major destruction of property," she told the AP.
Many fans took the opportunity to take selfies with the police officers who were decked out in their tactical gear.
Back home in Madison, where the University of Wisconsin is located, thousands of fans took to the streets in celebration.
Despite the crowds, the Madison Police Department said there were no significant arrests or incidents to report, according to local media.
Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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