Monday, April 07, 2008

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, National Champions


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Please forgive me for this totally indulgent, off topic post. What a great night to be a Jayhawk! After 20 years, this was just meant to be. Congrats to an amazing team.

Rock Chalk of Ages

So patient for 20 years, Kansas had no problem working an extra five minutes to bring a long-awaited championship back to the heartland.

Mario Chalmers hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to push the game into overtime, and the Jayhawks grinded it out from there for a 75-68 victory Monday night over Memphis in one of the best title games in recent memory.

Chalmers' shot pulled Kansas into a tie after being down nine with 2:12 left. Memphis left the door open by missing four free throws down the stretch. And in a game where every point counted, Derrick Rose's two-point shot off glass that was initially ruled a 3 -- and correctly overturned -- also made a difference.

Chalmers' 3-pointer was never in doubt.

"We got the ball in our most clutch player's hands, and he delivered," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

It gave Kansas its first title since 1988, when Danny Manning, now an assistant coach for the Jayhawks, led them to an upset of Oklahoma. And the shot earned Chalmers the most outstanding player honor.


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