They were good, they were bad, and then they were good again when it really mattered. Sound familiar?
Memphis coach John Calipari spent the entire season telling anyone who would listen that missed free throws were not a big deal. Last night they were.
With a little over two minutes to play, Memphis, in spite of another ferocious defense effort by the Jayhawks, was up nine points, primarily off of the efforts of superfrosh Derrick Rose who woke up in the second half.
Then Kansas guard “Super” Mario Chalmers made a game tying three pointer that will anchor his spot in the pantheon of great Kansas hoop right alongside the Danny and the Miracles squad that won the title 20 years ago.
Like a lot of games that go to overtime after one team relinquishes a big lead, it was over before it started. Memphis was toast, and Kansas is the 2008 NCAA Division Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions.
Darrell Arthur #00 and Brandon Rush #25 of the Kansas Jayhawks defend Chris Douglas-Roberts #14 of the Memphis Tigers in the first half . (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Kansas' Brandon Rush, right, drives to the basket . (AP Photo/Rich Clarkson NCAA Photo, Pool)