(WBAY) – Wisconsin Badgers fans had high hopes for a National Championship, and they felt a tough blow as the team fell to the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA title game.
In Madison, crowds poured out of bars and on to State Street after the loss.
Police say people were mostly well-behaved and peaceful.
“Our team has not been to the championship since 1941,” said UW Freshman Jenna Waldhuetter. “Simply, it was very hard for us to take the loss, but you can still just respect and love your team for making it that far. It’s really hard for us to accept as a city because all we wanted was success for them, but to sit down and say they made it here, we have the utmost respect to them and honestly we’re so proud. Wisconsin forever, we love you.”
Fans watching in the Stadium District in Ashwaubenon were equally disappointed, but still proud of how far the team made it in the tournament.
“Heartbroken,” said fan Rick Larson. “It was a long journey to get here, we thought we were going to win the game tonight, but hey, Duke is a very good team. Came down to it, they hit some great shots, we just couldn’t combat it, it’s just heartbreaking.”
Fans say they are still hopeful for a Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Championship under Coach Bo Ryan.