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Kansas Tops Memphis and Wins National Championship

Kansas used a late burst to tie Memphis in the final seconds, before pulling away in overtime to secure the NCAA Championship Monday, reported the New York Times.

Junior guard Mario Chalmers' three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left tied the game at 63. Kansas then outscored a deflated Memphis team 12-5 in overtime to take the title game 75-68.

Chalmers' shot, with Memphis guard Derrick right in his face, will go down as one of the most clutch in tournament history.

“When it left my hand, it felt it was good and it went in,? said Chalmers, who scored 18 points. (New York Times)

Late in the second half in looked like Memphis had the game in hand, leading by nine points with just over two minutes remaining. But free throw shooting, Memphis' Achilles heal all season, derailed them as standout guards Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts missed four of five down the stretch to let Kansas back in the game, according to Chicago Tribune.

Kansas (37-3) won their third national title, but only their first in 20 years. Sophomore forward Darrell Arther Kansas with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was a sweet victory for head coach Bill Self, who had never been able to even reach the Final Four before this year in four previous chances.

"Unbelievable game, unbelievable finish," Self said. "We had so many guys make plays, and then our best clutch player made a great clutch play at the end." (Chicago Tribune)