Kansas Beats Memphis, Wins NCAA Title

April 08, 2008 04:00 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Missed free throws and a clutch three-pointer helped Kansas make a late comeback and win the NCAA Championship Game 75-68 in overtime.

30-Second Summary

All year Memphis shot free throws poorly and all year coach John Calipari said it didn’t matter. For 39 games, he was right. In the 40th game, however, it cost the Tigers the national championship.

Up by nine points with just over two minutes left, Memphis was in position to win its first national title. But a costly turnover and four missed free throws gave Kansas a chance to come back.

In the end, it was two of Memphis’s more reliable free-throw shooters—Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose—who missed with the game on the line. In the final minute and a half, they combined to miss four out of five shots, including the front end of a one-and-one.

Kansas guard Mario Chalmers took advantage, hitting a game-tying three pointer with 2.1 seconds left. According to Calipari, his team tried to foul before the Jayhawks could attempt a shot.

Kansas dominated the shell-shocked Tigers in overtime to win its third national championship.

Headline Links: Kansas celebrates, Memphis sulks

Opinion & Analysis: Kansas praised, Memphis ridiculed

Background: Memphis’ free throw woes

Key Players: Bill Self and Mario Chalmers

Historical Context: Kansas’ three and big-game chokes

Related Topic: Danny and the Miracles

Reference: March Madness Guide


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