Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Kansas Jayhawks' = 2008 NCAA Champs!

Monday night's NCAA Men's basketball final game was definitely the opposite of what I expected. Looking at the Final 4, I figured we'd be seeing a North Carolina vs. UCLA historic type matchup for the ages. However, it was their opponents who prevailed to make it to the big game, with the Memphis Wildcats knocking off UCLA and the Kansas Jayhawks dethroning what seemed like an unstoppable UNC team.

The two #1 seeds met up in San Antonio in a great final game Monday night. Memphis seemed in relative cruise control until the final 2 minutes of the game. It was Memphis' free throw troubles that truly hurt them in regulation though, as they missed several down the stretch which could have sealed the game. The Jayhawks' Chalmers hit a huge 3 with just under 5 seconds left in regulation, to send it to OT. Analysts are also noting that Memphis could have fouled the Jayhawks and not allowed them to take the 3 to tie things up. The Kansas Jayhawks pulled away from Memphis in the Overtime session to win the title 75-68.

So now the coach Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks cut down the nets and are the reigning NCAA Men's champions. Self noted that it was the anniversary of Kansas' last NCAA title win, back in 1988 when it was "Danny Manning and the Miracles". Manning, the former NBA star and Kansas Jayhawk now serves as an assistant coach on the team, and was shown cutting his piece of the coveted net following the win.

Congrats to the Kansas Jayhawks for claiming the title in 2008!

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