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NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 02: The Kentucky Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 in the National Championship Game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 2, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Huge Lexington homecoming planned for UK WIldcats basketball team

NCAA Men's Champions for 2012

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Kentucky holds off Kansas, wins 67-59

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A full house of more than 20,000 fans is expected at Lexington's Rupp Arena Tuesday afternoon as the University of Kentucky Wildcats return home as national champions of men's college basketball.

UK defeated Kansas 67-59 for the NCAA title Monday night in New Orleans.  Kentucky forward Anthony Davis was named the National Player of the Year, becoming only the fourth freshman to earn the honor. He was also named the Final Four's most outstanding player.

The celebration is slated to begin around 3:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena.  Ticket pickup began at 8 a.m. Tuesday and doors opened at 2 p.m.

People who aren't able to get to Rupp for the event can cheer the team bus along its route from Bluegrass Airport.

- Man-o-War to Versailles Road
- Right on Red Mile Road/Virginia Avenue
- Left on South Limestone
- Left on West Main
- West Main to Rupp Arena

Players and coaches are expected to speak at the event.

9 News has crews in Lexington to provide highlights of the celebration for Big Blue fans on and

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