NCAA Championship Game 2012: Crazy Kansas Fans Riot After Crushing Loss

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02:  Jeff Withey #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks walks off the court after losing to the Kentucky Wildcats 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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As expected, the University of Kentucky students partied hard in Lexington last night after the Wildcats won the 2012 NCAA tournament championship.

What’s interesting is the fact that Kansas University scholars unexpectedly decided to join in on the action in Lawrence and create their own mob scene.

As Ryan Greene of Yahoo! Sports pointed out, it got crazy at the intersection of 14th and Kentucky, a mere two blocks from the main downtown strip of KU.

Sarah Gish, a reporter based in Lawrence, posted an Instagram photo of the madness to her Twitter feed.

You can see that one upset fan climbed up and began taking down a street sign that bore the name of the school that beat the Kansas basketball team.

Greene noted that he was encouraged on by chants of “[Expletive] Kentucky” from the crowd below.

It’s a shame that these fans decided to take their anger and aggression out on the streets after watching the defeat on television.

KU had little chance of beating UK, a large reason why they were six-point underdogs going into the contest and eventually lost 67-59 after a valiant effort.

The Jayhawks supporters should have been optimistic but realistic with their expectations of their program. There was absolutely no reason to riot and destroy property because they lost to a vastly superior squad.

Kansas’ students should be proud of their team for making the Final Four and the championship game and putting up a hell of a fight. It was simply Kentucky’s year and no one had a chance of defeating them in the tournament.

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