I don't know what the heck that means but what I do know is that Kansas is your Nat'l champion.I'll take the time to say that I picked them in my bracket(yessss).Finishing the season 37-3 was a heck of a season for the Jayhawks.
After an early run by Memphis,Kansas got back in the game and began to control the tempo.What was surprising here was that two teams that usually have the 3 in their gameplan.Neither team hit a three until 10:00 left in the first half.Early Foul trouble plagued the Tigers as Dorsey,Taggert,and Dozier all took their spots on the bench with two fouls each.As the half wound down,the game went back and forth.
Kansas had a 33-24 lead at the half.CDR was a reliable scorer for the Tigers,while Kansas stuck with the unselfishness that helped them have a team with great chemistry.
Kansas had some problems shooting in the second half.And then Derrick Rose took over,scoring or assisting on 7 straight scoring possesions.Memphis had been playing excellent defense all half.
The game seemed to be slipping away.The Tigers could smell a championship.With 2:12 did it not seem almost over?
But then a few baskets here a few baskets there,and Kansas was in the game.Joey Dorsey fouled out with 1:23 left.With :44 left KU had a 62-60 lead.Sharron Collins got a fast break oppurtunity,but was blocked on the other end.CDR recieved the ball and was fouled to keep him from scoring what probably would have been the game winning lay-up.CDR misses both free throws(all tournament they had proved the doubters wrong,but yet again it came up.)But luckily for Memphis they got the offensive rebound.Rose was fouled and went to the line for 2.Rose missed the first and made the second.63-60 Kansas.
What happened next will be second guessed for a long time(isn't there always?),as Memphis didn't call TO to set anything up.Sharron Collins got the inbounds pass,ran down the court,almost lost his dribble.passed off to Mario Chalmers and euphoria!He hits the game tying three with 2.1 seconds left.Memphis inbounds the ball and heaves a half court prayer that isn't answered.Kansas has come back from 9 down with 2:12 left.
WE HAVE OT
A a couple baskets by Kansas and this seemed to deplete Memphis.CDR made it a three point game with 56.8 seconds left.Than it's 5 when Chalmers hits two FT's.
As Sharron Collins gos to the foul ine with about 20 seconds left,there is silence,quiet,yet deafening.Collins sinks both,and the tigers toss up a three.Kansas rebounds and everyone knows it is over.Kansas doesn't bother to foul.It is over.
Rock Chalk,Jayhawk,Kansas is your National Champ!
Play the cheezy inspirational music!