Kansas' Mario Chalmers hit a game-tying three-pointer with 2.1 seconds in regulation and the Jayhawks went on to capture their first national championship in men's basketball since 1988 with a 75-68 win over Memphis on Monday.
Memphis (38-2) seemed to have the title wrapped up with 1:15 left in regulation, but the Tigers missed four critical free throws down the stretch, giving Kansas all the opportunity it needed. The Tigers had struggled at the line all season, and on Monday night they paid for it.
The Tigers took a 60-51 lead with 2:12 left in the game, led by freshman Derrick Rose's 15 second-half points. Rose finished with 18 in the game.
Darrell Arthur then hit a jumper for Kansas and Sherron Collins made a steal and hit a three. Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts hit two foul shots with 1:39 left, but things went badly for the Tigers thereafter. Memphis was outscored by a 24-8 stretch to end the game.
Chalmers had 18 points and was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 22 points for the Tigers, who finished 12-of-19 at the charity stripe.