Rock, Chalk Jayhawks Are Champs

Kansas wins after Memphis is foul from the line
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2008 12:00 AM CDT
Memphis' Derrick Rose (23) covers his face in front of Kansas' Sherron Collins (4) and Mario Chalmers, left, late in the overtime period of the championship game at the NCAA college basketball Final Four,...   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – Mario Chalmers hit a 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to push the game into overtime and the Jayhawk defense shut down Memphis throughout the extra period to clinch the NCAA men's basketball championship, 75-68. "We got the ball in our most clutch player's hands, and he delivered," Kansas coach Bill Self said. It was KU's third national title, reports AP.

UM's Derrick Rose showed why he may leave for the NBA, completely taking over the game in the second half, to lift the Tigers to a 60-51 lead that didn't hold up thanks to his team's weak free-throw shooting. Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts misfired on four of out five in the final 1:12 leaving the door open for the Jayhawks.