Thoughts from the biggest of games:
7:36 p.m. – Not much has been proven in the first six minutes of the game. The teams are just feeling each other out and trying to figure out what will work. Neither team seems uncomfortable or ineffective, so it should be a good game. I am a little surprised that it has been a reasonably low scoring start, but it feels like that could change. I don’t think that we can rule out or elevate either team ion any way based on what we have seen so far.
7:40 p.m. – As a Memphis fan I am a little concerned by how effectively Kansas is forcing Memphis’ big men to take fouls.
7:48 p.m. – Neither Rose nor Douglas-Roberts are plaing their games, and both look uncomfortable. That should change. It had better for the sake of Memphis.
7:51 p.m. – The game has really sped up all of a sudden. The word I would use to describe it is frantic.
8:05 p.m. – Chalmers is doing a great job of containing Rose.
8:12 p.m. – Kansas figured it out at the end and owned the last four minutes. It will be key for Memphis to come out strong in the second half. Rose and Douglas-Roberts look to be lacking confidence. Needless to say, that needs to change. Calipari is a master of halftime adjustments, so this game is far from over.
8:33 p.m. – That was a quietly good half for Douglas-Roberts. He wasn’t as visible as he usually is, yet he is the leading scorer in the game.
8:35 p.m. – Rose looks like a different player in the first minute of the second half.
8:46 p.m. – Memphis seems to have forgotten how to shoot.
8:56 p.m. – Rose has a different look in his eyes the last minute or so. For the first time all game he is aggressive and looks confident. That is bad news for the Jayhawks. It’s not great for the sportsbooks, either – there is heavy action on Memphis.
9:10 p.m. – This is why Memphis is so dangerous – they haven’t really changed much, but they quietly put their foot on Kansas’ throat. It still could change, but for now the Tigers are in control.
9:17 p.m. – With 2:12 left in the game the foul parade begins. That means that the game should end about three hours from now.
9:24 p.m. – Kansas is using fouls to claw back as well as a team can. They are down by two with 44 seconds left. Memphis needs to calm down and keep their head.
9:25 p.m. – Let me say this before we have a final result – this has been a great game that is very worthy of a championship, and the winners will be deserving.
9:30 p.m. – After all that, the foul shooting came back to haunt Memphis. They are going to overtime instead of cutting down the nets because Douglas-Roberts and Rose couldn’t shoot fouls at the end. Mario Chalmers will never have to buy a drink in the state of Kansas again.
9:35 p.m. – Statement of the obvious – not having Dorsey in overtime is bad news for Memphis.
9:37 p.m. – What a stunning turn of fate. Memphis has fallen apart when they had it in the palms of their hands. All the credit in the world to Kansas at this point.
9:42 p.m. – Maybe finally hitting a shot will make a difference, but Memphis looks like they have forgotten how to play basketball. They have given up everything that got them to where they are.
9:48 p.m. – Well, congratulations Kansas. They turned their game around and asserted themselves when it mattered. That one is going to burn in the throats of Calipari and the Memphis players for a long, long time.
9:50 p.m. – College basketball is over for the year. Now what do we do?