The celebration in Lexington, Ky., of the University of Kentucky’s victory last night in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game featured, among other things, the wounding of one man by gunfire, many small arson fires, and dozens of arrests, according to the Associated Press. It was not clear how many students were involved in the postgame action, which stretched into the wee hours of the morning, but the Kentucky Kernel, the university’s student newspaper, described a chaotic scene as hordes of students congregated on streets adjacent to the campus.
The raucous celebration, however, did not seem to approach the mayhem of Saturday night, when people marked the team’s winning a semifinal game by overturning cars, throwing bottles, and setting couches and other things ablaze. The man wounded on Monday night suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening, the AP reported, and the gunman, who apparently opened fire after an argument, was still being sought. More than 30 people were arrested on Saturday night, and an unspecified number last night. The university said any students among those arrested faced suspension or expulsion.