Thousands of Kentucky fans shared the suspense, and then the grief, of Saturday night's game after cramming into bars, yards and viewing parties at the Kentucky Theatre and elsewhere.
On State Street, which had been the epicenter of previous post-game celebrations, downcast expressions and stunned silence quickly gave way to chants of "(expletive) Wisconsin."
Bottles were thrown into the air, and fires were set and quickly extinguished by firefighters, who asked for police escorts into the rowdy crowd.
There were several reports of assaults, and fights, and reports of people with minor injuries, including facial cuts, a head injury and a foot injury from broken glass.
Never miss a local story.
City officials said 31 people had been arrested, and at least three people had been taken to hospitals. The city said police used pepper spray to break up some fights, and the city brought street sweepers in to defuse the crowd about 2 a.m. City officials described the crowd as "rowdy, and at times hostile."
"We're trying to get out of here. It's a little too chaotic," Brandon Heinrich said. "It's different than if we had won."
Jackie Thompson described the scene as "pretty hostile right now. I just think everyone's kinda at a loss of words and doesn't really know what else to do."
Steve Wales said he had driven to Lexington from Bardstown to visit State Street.
He said the turning point in the game came "when the shot clock went off and they didn't call a violation."
Matt Caudill, a UK junior, agreed.
"We got outplayed," he said. "They let that shot clock violation get to them."
Despite anger and disappointment, many fans expressed their pride in the team's accomplishments.
Jordan McClure, who watched the game at Tin Roof, said he would "remember it as one of the best teams ever."
"We still went 38-1," he said. "We can't be disappointed."
"I still couldn't have asked for a better five years of basketball," fifth-year senior Zach Rose said at the Tin Roof parking lot. "It's a shame that the Duke-UK matchup everybody wanted didn't happen."
He said winning a national championship isn't as easy as people think.
"No matter the talent, no matter the chemistry, no matter the system, you can't predict these things," he said.
Longtime UK fan Justin Barnard of Lexington said that "in all honesty, I think our youth kind of showed."
Asked about the Duke-UK matchup not happening, Barnard said, "I think a lot of people took it for granted we were going to win this game."
"The sun will come up tomorrow," he said.
Earlier in the evening, spirits had been high as fans on State Street played beer- or alcohol-pong while watching the Cats on televisions that had been brought outside.
It was standing-room-only as more than 800 people packed the Kentucky Theatre. Patrons started lining up at 5 p.m. to watch the game on the big screen for free.
"I feel like I'm front row at the game," said Sheliah Mitchell. "It's a good thing for the community."
On Limestone, the Big Blue Nation crowded the sidewalks out to the curb and watched the game on outdoor screens since some bars were filled to capacity.
Brian Marshall, director of the UK Christian Student Fellowship, said attendance was down at the organization's viewing party because of Easter, with just 400 people compared to 700 to 800 on other nights.
The group had three showing rooms set up, including the main one with a movie screen and a DJ who played music during TV ads.
The organization served free soft drinks but no alcohol.
"We've always showed basketball games, but the past few years, we've done more and more," Marshall said. "I think there are people here who have no interest in anything else we do, but we open our doors and people can come. I think people like the fun atmos phere."
UK freshman Julio Martinez said he is not a member of CSF, but came from his dorm with friends because of the "awesome spirit."