Kansas’s 2008 NCAA Title Run

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self reacts during the second half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

The 2008 Kansas basketball team finished with a record of 37-3, after cruising through the regular season and NCAA tournament. The team defeated Memphis in the final of the tournament, 75-68. Guard Mario Chalmers was named the final four MVP after leading the team in scoring. Here is a look at the season:

Kansas began the season ranked in the top five at number four. Kansas started the season off with a bang by defeating Louisiana-Monroe, 107-78.The Jayhawks then raced through the next 19 games of the season unscathed before losing to rival Kansas State, 84-75. Kansas peaked at number two before losing to the Wildcats.

Kansas got right back to their winning ways vs Colorado, two days later. On February 11th, Kansas traveled to Texas to face the 11th-ranked Longhorns. Kansas and Texas played a classic game, though in the end, the Jayhawks fell 72-69. Kansas would go onto lose one more game vs Oklahoma State before winning their final 13 games of the season.

Kansas dominated their first three opponents of the NCAA tournament before finally facing a challenge in Davidson. The upstart from the Southern Conference had one of the best players in the country in Stephon Curry. They gave Kansas a battle before losing 59-57.

Next up was the final four and a meeting with North Carolina and Roy Williams. The Jayhawks defeated the Tar Heels 84-66. Then came the final with Memphis. The Tigers were in control most of the way, before Kansas woke up in the final moments, using Chalmers hot hand en route to the win.

Topics: 2008 NCAA Tournament, Colorado, Davidson, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisiana Monroe, Mario Chalmers, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Stephon Curry, Texas

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