02/04/2012 08:03 BST

Thousands Of Kentucky Students Riot After Basketball Game (PICTURES)

Thousands of students took to their university campus to riot after their basketball team won its match against rivals, leading to more than two dozen arrests.

Police in the US were forced to use pepper spray to disperse the Kentucky students after the university's Wildcats team defeated Louisville on Saturday night.

Officials described the situation as "extremely dangerous".

One car was flipped and set on fire while sofas were ignited and left to blaze through the night. Around 150 police officers were deployed to the streets to restore control and 27 people were arrested for charges such as disordely conduct and alcohol intoxication, the Courier Journal reported.

Officials are now bracing themselves for another night of carnage as the Wildcats are pitted against the University of Kansas on Monday to play for the national championship.