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“It’s magical man,” he said. “The student body coming together, not many people get to see a Final Four while they’re here.

In 2004, the last time the UConn men won a championship, 35 people were arrested after rowdy fans started fires and overturned some cars on and off campus.

University president Philip Austin and Police Chief Robert Hudd sent an email to Students Monday asking them to behave after the national title game.

“Nothing can be gained from harmful, destructive, or criminal actions,” they wrote. “However, anyone who engages in this sort of behavior does have a great deal to lose, including risking arrest and possible expulsion from the university.”

There were no immediate reports of trouble on campus, though police were questioning students after a firework exploded on the ground outside the student union. Nobody was injured.

Dana Cutler 19, a sophomore from Guilford was getting her picture taken with friends on top of the Husky Dog statue in front of the arena.

“It’s going to be crazy all night, maybe even tomorrow and tomorrow night,” she said. “We were just talking about it and we think they should cancel class tomorrow _ parade all day.”

The women’s basketball team flew home from Indianapolis on Monday after being upset by Notre Dame 72-63 on Sunday in the national semifinals.

Most of them came out into the arena to watch at the least the end of the men’s game, hugging, cheering and crying as the seconds ticked off the clock.

“To be here and to celebrate their accomplishments it definitely lifts our spirits a little bit,” said freshman center Stefanie Dolson. “Although our season didn’t work out, it’s just good to know that our guys’ did.”