Police near Michigan State ready for Final Four

Associated Press - April 3, 2009 12:04 PM ET

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Police near Michigan State University are urging fans to show restraint when they celebrate the Spartans' NCAA Final Four basketball appearance on Saturday night.

East Lansing police say they will have reinforcements ready in case revelers in downtown or on campus turn rowdy after Michigan State faces Connecticut in the national semifinal. Police say they aren't expecting trouble but will be prepared.

The game will be played at Detroit's Ford Field, about a 90-mile drive from campus.

East Lansing had disturbances after Michigan State's Final Four appearances in 1999 and to a lesser extent in 2005. But large celebrations after Final Four appearances in 2000 and 2001 were mostly peaceful.

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