Wildcats live up to expectations with title

By John Marshall

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 3 2012 2:16 p.m. MDT

That's OK with Calipari. He's hung his hat on chasing after the best players, regardless of whether they'll stick around or go to the NBA. Teach them as much as he can, win with them as much as he can, let them go when they're ready is Calipari's philosophy.

It works. Calipari got to the title game in 2008 — a crushing loss to Self and the Jayhawks — with future NBA star Derrick Rose and Memphis. John Wall and the four other first-round draft picks reached the regional final in 2010. Brandon Knight led last year's team to the Final Four.

Finally, this year, Cal's method was fully validated in the form of a national title.

"I don't think it's a good rule," Calipari said. "I hope we change it before this week's out and all these guys have to come back. But it is a rule. It's not my rule. It's a rule we have to deal with."

And one Calipari and the Wildcats ruled with, at least this year.

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