Leading up to the first round of the NCAA Tourny, YDBS will be bringing you a collection of past memorable finishes in this crazy tournament they call "Madness"
Long before Derrick Rose was an NBA MVP and Mario Chalmers a replacement-level point guard, the two shared a polar opposite collegiate experience. Given the opportunity to put Memphis ahead two possessions with free throws, Rose whiffed on the first—a moment that would give Chalmers his moment to shine.
After Rose knocked down his second shot at the charity stripe, putting the Tigers ahead 63-60 with 10.5 seconds remaining, Kansas had one opportunity to tie the ballgame. The play call was seemingly directed Chalmers’ way the whole time. A leader of the Jayhawks squad, Chalmers lined up on the right wing, took a pass with a little more than five seconds to go, took one dribble and cocked back the most important shot of his life to that point.
The shot went through, sending reverberations which would carry over to the overtime period. Memphis never recovered, getting outscored 12-5 in overtime, and Kansas went on to give Bill Self his first tournament championship.