2008 NCAA Tournament
2007-08 April 7 KU-Memphis
- Bill Self talks with the media after winning the first national championship of his decorated coaching career
- Brandon Rush talks about Monday's win and what's next for him
- Darnell Jackson talks about the perfect culmination to a long year
- Darrell Arthur talks about stepping up in more ways than one en route to 20 points and 10 rebounds Monday
- Jeremy Case talks about Mario Chalmers' heroics and ending his career on the highest of notes
- Mario Chalmers talks about his now-legendary late-game heroics
- Rodrick Stewart talks about enjoying the final win of his KU career despite the pain in his knee
- Ronnie Chalmers talks about how his son's heroics were a long time in the making
- Sasha Kaun talks about KU stepping it up big in the paint - namely Darrell Arthur
- Sherron Collins talks about where this win ranks in his life's accomplishments
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KU vs. Memphis
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- Tigers lament loss (04-08-08)
- 'We're better than everyone' (04-08-08)
- Nearly 40,000 turn out to commemorate win (04-08-08)
- Campanile to ring in KU victory in National Championship (04-08-08)
- KU cancels classes Tuesday to celebrate victory (04-07-08)
- Around and about Lawrence on the night of the NCAA championship (04-08-08)
- Keegan: Kansas' best - ever (04-07-08)
- Kansas basketball notebook (04-08-08)
- Extra Minutes: Kansas 75, Memphis 68 (OT) (04-08-08)
- Commentary: Title mends Jayhawks' grieving hearts (04-08-08)
- KU's previous Final Four history (04-08-08)
- What others are saying about... (04-08-08)
- Final four No. 1 Seed vs. No. 1 Seed (04-08-08)
- NCAA Tournament MOP's (04-08-08)
San Antonio The last strand of net was reserved for head coach Bill Self, who ascended up the ladder and cleanly snipped it off the rim.
Cheers engulfed the Alamodome. A national title officially was christened.
Kansas University's basketball team won the 2008 NCAA championship, topping Memphis, 75-68 in overtime, in a thrilling title game for the ages Monday.
The Jayhawks (37-3) are champions for the first time since 1988, surviving the 65-team field largely because of defense, determination and timely playmaking.
Kansas outscored Memphis, 12-5, in the overtime, but it was the clutch shooting of Mario Chalmers that instantly became part of Jayhawk lore. Chalmers drilled a game-tying three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, tying the score at 63 and giving Kansas five more minutes to take back the game.
"It'll probably be the biggest shot ever made in Kansas history," Self said.
Chalmers had 18 points and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player. Darrell Arthur led Kansas with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Self was mobbed by well-wishers on the court when the game ended. After struggling to make the Final Four for years, KU's fifth-year head coach got there and came out with two victories.
It was even more rewarding considering Kansas was down nine points with 2:12 to play and improbably came back to win it.
Afterward, Self was beaming - as one might expect from a championship coach.
"It's one thing to win, it's another to win the way we won," Self said. "There's no quit in these guys."