Rock, chalk ... champs: Kansas wins third title
By Marlen Garcia, USA TODAY
SAN ANTONIO — The championship was 15 years in the making, though at times it might have felt like 50 for Kansas coach Bill Self.
Self, one of the most successful active coaches, has an NCAA championship to his credit.
Mario Chalmers helped deliver it by forcing overtime with a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation against Memphis in the NCAA tournament championship game Monday night at the Alamodome.
Kansas scored six consecutive points to open the extra session, all but sealing Memphis' fate in the Jayhawks' 75-68 overtime victory.
"I just know it was a big shot," Chalmers said.
The Jayhawks (37-3) gave the school its third NCAA tournament title and first since 1988.
"It was a fabulous game," Self said. "Both defenses were great. We just labored offensively, but God, we competed hard on every possession. There's no quit in these guys."