Wisconsin students celebrate Final Four berth
Thousands of students rushed onto State Street in Madison to celebrate Wisconsin's 64-63 overtime victory over Arizona in the NCAA tournament, a win that sends the Badgers to the Final Four.
There were no arrests or injuries and there didn't appear to be any property damage, Madison Police Capt. Brian Ackert told WISC-TV (WKBT's sister station). But a construction company will have to check its scaffolding over a sidewalk after fans climbed up it during Saturday night's celebration, he said.
Within sight of the state Capitol, students climbed trees and hung from windows, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. About 30 people hopped on top of a bus shelter, and one young man took a dive into the waiting arms of the crowd.
More than a dozen members of the Wisconsin Marching Band showed up and played to revelers. The thump of drums and the blare of brass cut through the night.
"It's pandemonium on State Street," shouted Matt Guyader, 18, a freshman from Kildeer, Ill.
The crowd broke into chants of "Final Four, Final Four" and "Let's go, Badgers, let's go Badgers."
"It was crazy," said Nick Gunowski, 20, a sophomore from Milwaukee. "We watched the game, walked out of the dorm and crowds of kids were running to State Street. It just happened."
Ackeret said the fan reaction was different from previous State Street celebrations because of social media.
"(There were) a lot more people showing up and in a much quicker time frame," Ackeret said. "Everyone was on their phones and on social media saying, 'Meet me on State Street.'"
It was also different from the reaction in Tucson, Ariz., home of the Wildcats, where several hundred fans showed their disappointment by taking to the streets and throwing beer bottles and firecrackers at police. Fifteen people were arrested Saturday night.
A welcome home rally for the Badgers was scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kohl Center.
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