Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Spin it any way you want, but John Calipari's Memphis Tigers gagged one up big time last night. Up by 9 with 2:12 to play, in the biggest game of their lives, and they simply couldn't seal the deal, and lost the NCAA Championship to Kansas, 75-68.

Blame can be placed all around for this one, from the players (whose awful free throw shooting - this has been a problem all season - came back to bite them in the end as they converted only 1 of 5 down the stretch), to the coach, who inexplicably didn't have his team commit a foul on Sherron Collins as he brought the ball upcourt with 10 seconds to go and the Tigers up 3. Hello, McFly? Put him on the line and even if he hits both of 'em, you're still up one with about 5 seconds to go.

Be that as it may, congrats to Kansas, as they still had to convert the opportunities presented to them as the game wound down. Mario Chalmers, welcome to highlight reel immortality.
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