Kansas vs. Memphis Postgame Notes
April 7, 2008
Kansas 75, Memphis 68 (OT)
April 7, 2008 * Alamodome * San Antonio, Texas
Kansas' Win Over Memphis...
... Marked Kansas' third NCAA championship (1952-88-2008) and fifth national title (1922-23)
... Added to Kansas' all-time wins in a season with 37-3 on the season
... Extended Kansas' winning streak to 13 games, the second longest of the season (20-0 to open the year)
... Marked KU's 23rd win as a No. 1 seed, improving its mark to 23-7 in that spot
... Gave KU an 82-36 record all-time in the NCAA tourney
... Made Kansas 5-6 in NCAA Championship games played in the state of Texas, including a 2-1 mark in games played in San Antonio
... Improved Kansas to 4-2 all-time against Memphis
... Improved KU to 82-36 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
... Made KU 9-0 in neutral site games this season and 17-3 away from Allen Fieldhouse in 2007-08 (8-3 away, 9-0 neutral)
... Made Bill Self 142-32 at Kansas, 319-137 all time and 22-9 in the NCAA Tournament (12-4 while at Kansas)
... Made Kansas 1,943-785 all time.
Trailing 60-51 with 2:12 seconds left in regulation, Kansas closed the second half with a 12-3 run capped off by a Mario Chalmers three-point basket with 2.1 seconds remaining to force overtime. Kansas then outscored Memphis 12-5 in overtime to claim its third National Championship.
Kansas finished the season 31-1 33-28) win leading at the half and also improved to 2-0 in overtime games. KU defeated Arizona 76-72 in overtime on Nov. 25, 2007.
Kansas held a 39-28 advantage over Memphis on the boards, led by Darrell Arthur's 10, in controlling the paint throughout the game. In addition to its advantage on the boards, KU out-scored the Tigers 44-26 in points in the paint.
Kansas made 29-of-55 (52.7 percent) shots from the field, including 4-of-6 in the overtime period, while holding Memphis to 25-of-62 (40.3 percent) and just 1-of-8 during the overtime session. The Jayhawks conclude the 2007-08 season allowing just one opponent to make 50 percent or more of their shots from the field. Louisiana-Monroe connected on 51.0 percent of its shots from the field in the season-opener.
Kansas made 14-of-15 shots from the foul line, good for 93.3 percent. Darrell Arther (2-2), Darnell Jackson (2-2), Mario Chalmers (6-6) and Sherron Collins (2-2) were all perfect from the line, while Brandon Rush missed just once (2-3).
The Kansas bench out-scored their Memphis counterparts 15-2.
Darrell Arthur dropped in a team-high 20 points, while also pulling down a game-high 10 boards for his fifth double-double of the season and seventh of his career.
Arthur's 20 points give him 510 for the season and marked his fifth 20+ point performance of the season. Arthur finished the 2007-08 season with 27 double-figure scoring games.
Arthur's 20-point outing marked the most points he scored in a game since dropping in 22 at Texas on Feb. 11, 2008.
Mario Chalmers finished the game with 18 points, including the game-tying three-point shot that forced overtime. Chalmers scored 11 of his points after halftime.
Chalmers also led the Jayhawks in steals with a game-high four pilfers. The four steals gave Chalmers 97 on the season, tying his own Kansas single season record, which he set in 2006-07.
Chalmers also recorded three assists in the win, giving him a team-leading 169 on the season.
Chalmers played 40 minutes, tying a career-high.
Brandon Rush made 5-of-9 shots on his way to 12 points, marking his 29th double-figure scoring game of the season. The 12 points pushed Rush over the 500 mark in scoring on the season. He finished the 2007-08 campaign with 507 tallies.
Rush also pulled down six rebounds in the win, 602 in his career. Rush is one of 24 players in Kansas history to record 600 or more assists in a career. He finished the season ranked 23rd in KU history on the career-rebounding list.
Sherron Collins came off the bench to score 11 points in the win, including a critical three-point basket in the closing minutes of regulation. Collins' 11 points tied his 2008 NCAA Tournament high, which he also scored versus North Carolina in the Final Four.
Collins was Kansas' assists leader in the game with six dimes. Collins dished 23 assists in KU's six NCAA Tournament games, an average of 3.8 per contest.
Collins' six assists were the most for the Chicago native since he dished seven versus Texas in the Big 12 Tournament Championship game on March 16, 2008.
Collins also grabbed three steals versus Memphis. His three steals are the most for him in a game since collecting three at Texas A&M in the regular season-finale on March 8, 2008.
Darnell Jackson finished the game with eight points and eight rebounds. His eight rebounds moved him into the top 20 on KU's all-time rebounding chart. Jackson finished his Kansas career with 612 boards, which is 19th on the Jayhawk all-time chart.
Russell Robinson finished the game with one assist giving him exactly 500 helpers in his Kansas career. Robinson closed out his career ranked seventh on the KU all-time career assists chart.
Memphis grabbed 11 steals in the game, a Kansas opponent season high. Five teams had managed 10 steals versus KU prior to Memphis collecting 11 on Monday.