SAN ANTONIO — It was the shot heard around the college basketball world Monday night. And it was…
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*KU coach Bill Self is 22-9 in career NCAA tournament games. Kansas is 11-12 all time in the Final Four and 83-36 all time in NCAA tournament play.
*Mario Chalmers became the fifth Jayhawk to earn Most Outstanding Player honors, joining Danny Manning (1988), Clyde Lovellette (1952), Wilt Chamberlain (1957) and B.H. Born (1953). This marks the third straight all-tournament team Chalmers has made. He earned the honor at the Big 12 Championship and last week in the Midwest Regional.
*Chalmers made two of six field goals, moving him into sixth place on the school’s career list with 180. Chalmers also had four steals, giving him 97 for the season and tying his own school record set last season. He ranks second in KU history in career steals with 283. The record is 336 by Darnell Valentine (1978-81).
*This is the second straight year that a school has won a BCS football bowl game (Orange Bowl) and an NCAA men’s basketball championship in the same year. Florida won the NCAA title in football and basketball in 2007.
*Darrell Arthur tied his career high with 10 rebounds. Arthur has had five 10-rebound games in his career, all this season. The sophomore made .612 (30-49) from the field in six games in the NCAA tournament.
*Memphis’ Derrick Rose scored 18 points with eight assists, tying for fifth most assists in an NCAA title game. The last time a player had more was Duke’s Bobby Hurley against Kansas in 1991.
*Kansas shot 52.7 percent from the field, the fifth time in six NCAA tournament games that the Jayhawks have made better than 52 percent. Kansas outshot 39 of 40 opponents this season and shot better than 50 percent 26 times.
*KU made just three three-point field goals (in 12 attempts), tying for fifth fewest in an NCAA title game. It was the fewest since Maryland made just two vs. Indiana in 2002.
*Memphis shot 40.3 percent from the field. KU held 39 of 40 opponents under 50 percent this season.
*The teams combined for 22 steals (11 each), tied for third most by two teams in an NCAA title game.
*Monday’s game marks the first time since 2002 (Gary Williams, Maryland) that a head coach (Self) has won the NCAA title in his first appearance in the title game.
*While Chalmers was named MOP, Arthur and Brandon Rush also made the All-Tournament team. They were joined by Memphis’ Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts.
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