Student reactions post-Badger loss on State Street vary

A crowd estimated at a maximum of 5,500 attendees congregated on State Street after the Badgers lost to the Blue Devils, with MPD characterizing their behavior as mostly peaceful. 

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The crowd that gathered on State Street Monday night after the Wisconsin Badgers lost to the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship was one of mixed emotions, ranging from disappointment to celebration of the team’s accomplishments.

Attendees, with a maximum estimate of 5,500 according to Madison Police Department Lt. Eric Tripke, still cheered and danced to what has become one of Wisconsin’s traditional anthems, “Jump Around,” despite the loss.

While there were two small bonfire incidents on the 500 block of West Washington Avenue and five arrests reported in the State Street area, general crowd activity was characterized as “very good” according to Tripke, apart from those isolated incidents. There was also a burglary on the 400 block of West Dayton Street.

It is unknown what time the burglary occurred, but the five female victims reported the crime at 11:20 p.m., MPD Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain wrote in the report.

Additionally, an intoxicated 19-year-old man sustained minor injuries after falling off the second story of the State Street parking garage on the 400 block of North Frances Street, according to an MPD incident report.

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