Kansas vs. Memphis – 2008 NCAA Title Game Highlights (HD)
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“I thought we were national champs, and that’s the great thing about college basketball and sports,” Memphis coach John Calipari said. “Within 30 seconds, they make a play and it’s OT and it’s on again. Hats off to Kansas. I’m really disappointed.”Chalmers, who had 18 points, was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.
Darrell Arthur had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks, while Brandon Rush scored 12 and Sherron Collins contributed 11 points and six assists. Kansas, which was down 60-51 with 2:12 left in the second half, finished a clutch 14-of-15 at the foul line, making its final 14, and finished with a school record for wins in a season.#1 Kansas vs #1 Memphis National Championship 2008 (Part 1)
Chris Douglas-Roberts had 22 points for the Tigers, who finished 12-of-19 at the charity stripe. Rose also had eight assists, and Robert Dozier contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.Rose, who was ailing with an upset stomach on Sunday, was just 1-of-4 from the field in the first half, but the 6-foot-3 guard dominated play late in the second half. He had 10 straight Memphis points in one stretch, when the Tigers turned a 47-46 deficit into a 56-49 lead. The final jumper in that run was an incredible step-back, shot clock buzzer-beater from the left wing with just over four minutes remaining.
#1 Kansas vs #1 Memphis National Championship 2008 (Part 2)
#1 Kansas vs #1 Memphis National Championship 2008 (Part 3)
That basket was originally ruled a three, but was later crucially reviewed and moved to a two-pointer, which was it turns out played a huge role in the outcome.”Our offense was stale, we got down nine, but we got a big break when the three went to two and nobody knew it at the time,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We made so many plays down the stretch. We got the ball in our most clutch player’s hands and he delivered.”
Two free throws from Dozier expanded Memphis’ lead to 60-51 with 2:12 left.
Arthur then hit a jumper and Collins made a steal and drilled a three from the right corner. Douglas-Roberts came back with two foul shots with 1:39 left, but then it all fell apart for the Conference USA champions. Chalmers hit two foul shots, and after Douglas-Roberts missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Arthur’s jumper with a minute left had Kansas within 62-60.
A missed wild shot in the lane by Douglas-Roberts led to a break from Kansas at the other end, but Collins lost the ball on the way up, and the Tigers could have put away the win at the charity stripe on two other occasions.
Douglas-Roberts was fouled with 16.8 seconds to go. However, the junior guard missed both attempts, and even after Dozier got the offensive rebound, Rose was only able to sink 1-of-2 foul shots with 10.8 ticks left.
”All along people have been talking about how bad a free-throw shooting team they are,” Chalmers said. “Coach Self told us to foul a couple of their worst shooters. We got lucky. Chris missed two free throws. Derrick Rose missed one free throw. That was a big thing for us. We just took that and ran with it.”
Chalmers then spotted up for the dramatic three-pointer from the top of the arc, and when Dozier missed a half-court shot, the game went into OT tied at 63.
”I had a good look at it,” Chalmers said. “Sherron gave me a good pass when they collapsed on him. When it left my hands I felt it was good. It just went in.”
”I saw it was going in,” Douglas-Roberts said. “It hurt, but we had another five minutes to play. I didn’t think we lost the game when he made that shot.”
The Tigers were also hurt by the strong inside play of Kansas, which held a 44-26 advantage of points in the paint. Not only that, but Memphis forward Joey Dorsey, who had 15 rebounds against UCLA on Saturday, fouled out and wasn’t able to be a factor in overtime.
”We were running uphill from that point on without having Joey Dorsey on the court,” Calipari said.
The Tigers shot 1-of-8 from the field in OT.
A Collins layup started OT and then Chalmers delivered a perfect lob to Arthur for an alley-oop jam. Antonio Anderson then missed a three-pointer for Memphis, and it became a six-point difference on Darnell Jackson’s layup.
Douglas-Roberts’ three-pointer with 56.8 seconds left in OT ended a Memphis stretch of better than 6 1/2 minutes without a field goal and had the Tigers within 71-68.
Chalmers then hit two free throws with 45.1 seconds to go for a five-point difference, and Douglas-Roberts missed a layup. Collins then turned the ball over, but Douglas-Roberts was off the mark on a three-point try, and Collins’ two foul shots with 18.2 ticks left sealed Memphis’ fate.
The Tigers, who set an NCAA Division I record for wins in a season, were denied their first title in their second championship game.
The Tigers dictated the play early with a 9-3 lead, but Kansas came right back with the next six. Later, Rush’s lob to Arthur for a jam moved the KU lead to 22-15.
Douglas-Roberts drilled a three-pointer to give Memphis the lead back at 26-24, capping an 11-2 spurt.
Arthur’s hook in the lane fell through for a 33-28 Kansas lead, which was the score at the half.
It was a lightning-quick pace for both teams early in the second half, but neither squad could take command. Both teams played a frantic back-and-forth pace for about the first six minutes of the half. Rush’s layup had Kansas ahead 47-44, and Dozier came back with a shot in the lane with 8:50 left, but couldn’t convert the free throw. With Kansas showing a zone defense, Rose then gave Memphis a 49-47 edge with a straight-on three-pointer with 8:10 left.
Rose had 14 of Memphis’ 16 points during a stretch in the second half.
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