This April will mark 10 years since KU has won the NCAA National Title. Relive the memories of the 2008 National Championship Team this February as the team reunites together in Allen Fieldhouse. Tickets For Less can confirm that the 2008 National Championship team will head to Lawrence for the Kansas vs West Virginia game. Those from the team that can make it, will have a special honoring at half time and one player will have his jersey retired! Allen Fieldhouse will be wild, you will want to be there!
The Final Moments of the 2008 National Championship Game
With the tip going to Memphis as Robert Dozier wins over KU’s Darrell Arthur, Memphis gets the first go at the hoop and banks in a hook shot. After stopping KU to their first go at offense, Memphis is back on their court. However, Mario Chalmers wasn’t going to let them have it easy and stole the ball to bring the ball up and tossed it off to Brandon Rush, who went for the dunk and drew the foul. By half time, the two teams are head to head and playing with their hearts out. The Jayhawks go o the locker room 33-28. As the game goes on, it’s close but KU seems to fall short to Memphis’s star player Derrick Rose. Will under four to go, KU is down by seven. Inch by inch the team tries to come back.
With only 10.8 second left, Derrick Rose is up to the line to shoot two. The score is 62-60 and Rose has the chance to make it a two-possession game for KU. Fate would have it and he only makes one free throw. Sherron Collins dribbles the ball up and rushes to the right side of the court. Time is down to less than 4 seconds. Collins tosses it to Mario Chalmers. Chalmers takes one dribble and pops the three with 3.6 seconds left. As if time stood still, the ball makes it over and swishes in the hoop. The game is tied 63-63 and the Tigers and Jayhawks are headed to over time.
Come overtime, the Hawks are playing off momentum after Mario’s “Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” With less than 30 to play, KU is up 73-68. Collins goes to the line to sink them both. Under 15 and KU is up 75-68 . Memphis attempts one last time and KU rebounds the ball. The countdown is on from 7 as the Hawks cheer and run around the court waiting for the final buzzer. KU had done it. KU won the National Championship!
The Players of the 2008 National Championship Team
Lawrence, Kan. (Free State/New Hampton Prep)
|00||Darrell Arthur||Forward||6-9||230||So.||Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff)|
|2||Conner Teahan||Guard||6-5||200||Fr.||Leawood, Kan. (Rockhurst)|
|3||Russell Robinson||Guard||6-1||200||Sr.||New York, N.Y. (Rice)|
|4||Sherron Collins||Guard||5-11||200||So.||Chicago, Ill. (Crane)|
|5||Rodrick Stewart||Guard||6-4||205||RS-Sr.||Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach/Southern Cal)|
|10||Jeremy Case||Guard||6-1||182||RS-Sr.||McAlester, Okla. (McAlester)|
|11||Brennan Bechard||Guard||6-0||183||Jr.||Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence/Barton County CC)|
|14||Tyrel Reed||Guard||6-3||180||Fr.||Burlington, Kan. (Burlington)|
|15||Mario Chalmers||Guard||6-1||195||Jr.||Anchorage, Alaska (Bartlett)|
|22||Chase Buford||Guard||6-3||200||Fr.||San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights)|
|24||Sasha Kaun||Center||6-11||245||Sr.||Melbourne, Fla. (Florida Air Academy)|
|25||Brandon Rush||Guard||6-6||210||Jr.||Kansas City, Mo. (Mount Zion Acadamey)|
|32||Darnell Jackson||Forward||6-8||250||Sr.||Oklahoma City, Okla. (Midwest City)|
|40||Brad Witherspoon||Guard||6-1||180||Sr.||Humboldt, Kan. (Humboldt)|
|45||Cole Aldrich||Center||6-11||245||Fr.||Bloomington, Minn. (Jefferson)|
|54||Matt Kleinmann||Center||6-10||247||RS-Jr.||Overland Park, Ka|
Tickets for Reunion
Because of an awesome year back in 2008, KU wants to remember the National Championship team here in 2018. The Kansas vs West Virginia game is the game of the season as two tough teams feud in Allen Fieldhouse and halftime remembers the 2008 National Championship team. If you’re looking for tickets, find the best deals and best prices of KU tickets at Tickets For Less. With no fees or taxes, you can be sure you’re buying the best tickets available. Just like the 2008 National Championship team, Tickets For Less stops at nothing in order to be #1. Don’t miss this reunion of the KU Jayhawks and purchase your tickets now.