Congrats to the Kansas Jayhawks and their 2008 National Championship
One of the best played and coached games by both teams. It held up to all the expectations and more. Coach Bill Self chalked an incredible game plan and the boys executed as such. The ability to pound the ball inside and wear down the bigs from Memphis was a key factor late in the game. You could see the frontline for Memphis wearing their exhaustion on their sleeves.
I predicted the need for KU to play some portion of zone to not only provide a different look but also to slow down the penetration of Rose and CDR. Late in the second half, the Memphis back court found their grove and quickly Coach Self recognized it. Their first effort with the box-n-one was not the answer but Coach Self quickly moved to a 1-2-2 with Rush covering the point. The confusion on Memphis part was evident and I mark that as a big turning point in the game.
This was truly a team effort and shows what's possible when you have kids playing the game for all the right reasons. They never gave up and left us all with something to remember forever.