Big Blue Nation Eightapalooza: Championship Winning Edition

Victory!

In case you can't get enough of the celebration, here is a smattering of links from across the Internet discussing the Kentucky Wildcats' 67-59 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. EIGHT! Enjoy it!


Eight Thoughts On Kentucky's Eighth National Championship - SBNation - Mike Rutherford
From Anthony Davis' post dominance to Doron Lamb's underrated brilliance, Monday night was pure ecstasy for both John Calipari and Big Blue Nation.


Anthony Davis Is The Future - SBNation - Andrew Sharp
Kentucky won the National Championship Monday night, and Anthony Davis won the Most Outstanding Player award.


Tale of a celebration 14 years in the making - UK Athletics - Eric Lindsey
There's more partying to do - more celebrating No. 8.


Players-first approach adds memorable chapter to UK lore - UK Athletics - Guy Ramsey
Coach Cal's players-first mantra has been parsed and criticized from all angles, but he hasn't relented since the moment he became coach.


Kentucky does it right by doing it together - Kentucky.com - John Clay
In the biggest game of the season, the Cats accomplished the biggest goal of the season by doing what they had done all season.


Teague shows poise beyond his years - Kentucky.com - Mark Maloney
"The best feeling ever," Marquis Teague said after helping UK win its eighth national championship with a 67-59 victory over Kansas.


Sophomore provided the offense to lambast the Jayhawks - Kentucky.com - Mark Story
Sophomore Doron Lamb drained back-to-back three-pointers in a key moment in the second half to steady Kentucky.


Young Kentucky Wildcats basketball team shows its maturity - The Courier-Journal - Eric Crawford
W on and done.


Calipari opens up on what this title means - The Courier-Journal - Kyle Tucker
Wondering what he’s really feeling after Monday night’s victory? Here it is. Some great stuff …


One Basket, One Shining Moment For Anthony Davis - The Courier-Journal - Rick Bozich
Anthony Davis’ six-point performance in the championship game was the fewest points ever scored by the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four.


Kentucky now has the title that the players expected to win all season - VaughtsViews - Larry Vaught
Kentucky’s year-long national championship quest is over thanks to a 67-59 victory over Kansas in the national championship game.


Cats describe championship feeling - CatsPause - Darrell Bird
UK players describe the emotions after buzzer sounded.


Lamb’s Performance Helps Lift Calipari to First Title - ZagsBlog - Adam Zagoria
Lamb is the eighth Oak Hill alum — including Carmelo Anthony — to win an NCAA championship, but he considers himself a New York City kid, first and foremost.


Calipari has his title, now he wants undefeated season - ESPN - Andy Katz
What's next? Calipari seeks perfection.


John Calipari leads Kentucky Wildcats to national championship - ESPN - Dana O'Neil
UK asked for glory; Calipari delivered.


UK title about so much more than talent - ESPN - Eamonn Brennan
There's more to it than simply talent.


Kentucky's Anthony Davis leaves his mark - ESPN - Myron Medcalf
The only-one-year big man cemented his position as one of the greatest players in college basketball.


Kentucky's recruiting pitch is complete - ESPN - Dave Telep
They can’t beat Kentucky on the recruiting trail.


Kentucky's run to title, much like the season, was all about Kentucky - CBSSports - Gregg Doyel
Kentucky finishes the season as the best team in college hoops.


Calipari finally wins his way, and his title haul won't be done with one - CBSSports - Gary Parrish
Calipari is sure to keep on collecting the best talent -- and maybe more titles.


Davis shows value, dominance even on poor shooting night - CBSSports - Jeff Goodman
Anthony Davis fails to get on the scoreboard before the break. So what?


UK's supporting characters pass up stardom for a title - CBSSports - Jeff Borzello
Kyle Wiltjer, Eloy Vargas and Twany Beckham all passed up playing time at lesser schools for the chance to win a national championship.


Kentucky’s (Big) Blueprint For The Ages - SI - Luke Winn
This is the condensed-timeline era of college basketball. Arrive in June, leave in April: As a one-and-done, you must maximize every minute if you want to have a legacy.


Kentucky's championship all about John Calipari - SI - Andy Glockner
The program may be "players first," as Calipari relentlessly says, but you have to get the players.


Despite shooting slump, Anthony Davis powers Kentucky Wildcats - SI - Andy Staples
The Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four made one of 10 shots in the national title game. How does that happen? Ballot-box stuffing? Dangling chads?


Kentucky's John Calipari has built a 21st century program that's destined for more success - Yahoo! Sports - Dan Wetzel
As long as Calipari doesn’t follow his players back to the NBA, he’s sitting on a juggernaut that could redefine what’s possible in the modern era.


Stars playing without ego help Kentucky set a new standard for dominance - Yahoo! Sports - Pat Forde
This group of Wildcats isn't one of the all-time greats. But in college basketball's new era, it may not be surpassed.


Kentucky holds off Kansas for John Calipari's first national championship - Yahoo! Sports - Jay Hart
College basketball's best team during the 2011-12 season is also its national champion as Kentucky held off Kansas.


Kentucky's Anthony Davis shares special moment with father - Yahoo! Sports - Jay Hart
The future overall No. 1 pick had just six points, but he controlled the boards, played stifling defense and passed well.


Kentucky saw Doron Lamb’s big night coming ahead of time - Yahoo! Sports - Jeff Eisenberg
Mere hours before Doron Lamb helped shoot Kentucky to its first national championship in 14 years on Monday night, John Calipari had an inkling the sophomore guard was due for a big game.


Coronation for Kentucky and Its Coach - NYTimes - Pete Thamel
Kentucky Coach John Calipari finally found the right team and the right setting to outrace his tortured N.C.A.A. tournament history.


Wildcats’ Davis Dominates the Title Game With His Swats, Not His Shots - NYTimes - Greg Bishop
In the final game of this N.C.A.A. tournament, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis was not much of a presence on the scoreboard, yet controlled the rest of the game with swats and blocking.


Recognition 'a long time coming' for John Calipari - Sporting News - Mike DeCourcy
He won it by convincing those freshmen that their best shot at the title would come through each player mattering a little on offense and a lot on defense.


Kentucky's frontcourt towers over Kansas' bigs - Sporting News - David Steele
Davis is so long, he can guard two people at once. That’s hard to deal with.


Anthony Davis, Kentucky Wildcats add up to NCAA championship - FOX Sports - Mark Kriegel
If you value the highest level of basketball, if you value teamwork and selfless play, then recognize this team for what it is.


Time to give Kentucky's John Calipari his due after title – USA TODAY - Mike Lopresti
Now he's a champion. Like him, or not. Buy his philosophy, or not. Due must be given to John Calipari after he won his first national title.


Kentucky Wildcats Have the Horses - WSJ - Rachel Bachman
Can anyone beat Kentucky? The answer arrived Monday night at the Superdome: not this year.


Marquis Teague’s performance a testament to his improvement this year - NBC Sports - Rob Dauster
Once Teague gained that confidence, he became one of the biggest reasons that Kentucky went from a really good team to a potentially great team.


Kentucky crushed NCAA field, but is it one of the greatest? - NBC Sports - Rob Dauster
That the Wildcats were able to win this game in fairly dominating fashion without getting any offensive production from their best player should give you a sense of just how good this Kentucky team is.


Good luck, everyone — NCAA title won’t ‘change’ Calipari - NBC Sports - Mike Miller
John Calipari maintains Kentucky’s 67-59 win against Kansas on Monday night isn’t that big of a deal for him.


Tournament’s over, so here's 'One Shining Moment' - NBC Sports - Mike Miller
Kentucky’s celebrating, John Calipari’s grinning and Anthony Davis is still probably blocking Kansas shots.


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