UK brings home 8th national title, Coach Cal's first

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by AP/WHAS11 Sports

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 12:26 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Kentucky coach John Calipari hits the road Friday. This time, he's carrying national championship credentials.

For all of his success recruiting players and prepping them for the NBA, the 53-year-old's system of recruiting the very best players and never making excuses about his methods had never paid off with an NCAA title -- until now.

Calipari's 'Cats played a brand of basketball he'd preached all season by sharing and creating for each other in a 67-59 victory over Kansas on Monday night for Kentucky's eighth title in school history. Calipari says he's glad he finally won a championship: "I can just coach now."

WHAS11's Kent Spencer was in New Orleans for the Cats big win. Click on the video player above for reaction from the coach, players, and fans.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the team's celebration!

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