16 arrested in Tucson after Arizona loss to Wisconsin
(CNN) — Police in Tucson, Arizona, arrested 16 people Saturday night, March 29th after rowdy crowds threw bottles, beer cans and firecrackers at officers following the Wildcats’ overtime loss to Wisconsin.
Wisconsin beat Arizona 64-63 on Saturday night and earned a spot in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Arizona was the No. 1 seed in the West Region and Wisconsin the No. 2 seed.
About 20 minutes after the game ended, several hundred people blocked a road on the University of Arizona campus, said Sgt. Pete Dugan.
When they refused officers’ orders to disperse and began lobbing objects, police used pepper balls and canisters, Dugan said.
Police reported some damage to property.
Those arrested were charged with resisting arrest, unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct.
In Madison, there were huge crowds on State Street — but Madison police report no arrests or injuries.
The Arizona-Wisconsin game was the second of two games Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
In the first game Saturday, Florida defeated Dayton 62-52 in the South Region to earn a Final Four berth.
The Final Four games will be played Saturday, April 5th.
Connecticut beat Michigan State 60-54 on Sunday to earn a Final Four berth in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The last Final Four team will be determined Sunday when Michigan faces Kentucky in the Midwest Region.