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Posted: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 2:50PM

NCAA Runnerup Kentucky Wildcats Welcomed Home

While they did not return with the school's 9th national championship, the Kentucky Wildcats received a champions welcome home to Rupp Arena Tuesday afternoon. Just hours after losing 60-54 in the NCAA Tournament final to Connecticut, the Cats rolled into their home arena by charter bus to a roaring salute from thousands of the faithful in Big Blue Nation.

During his address to those in attendance, UK Coach John Calipari paid tribute to what his very young team accomplished over the past three weeks.


The UK coach said the challenges faced by the coaches and players this season drove them to be even better,


Ahead over the next week for the Cats will be decisions about who returns for the 2014-2015 season, and who leaves early for the NBA. Most experts believe that Julius Randle and James Young will leave after only one year on the UK campus. Others considered to be possible early departures for pro status are the Harrison twins and Willie Cauley-Stein. Many so called experts believe that while they could jump into the NBA waters, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson, and Marcus Lee will all likely return for another season in the blue and white.

Despite a twitter storm started Monday night by former UK star Rex Chapman, it appears that John Calipari will return for a sixth season at the helm of the program. Interviewed Monday night after the game, Calipari said he had no intention of leaving for the NBA. The coach is facing off season hip replacement surgery for an ailment that bothered him for virtually the entire season. Calipari will have one vacancy to fill on his staff, as Orlando Antigua heads off to be the head coach at the University of South Florida.

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