SAN ANTONIO (AP) -Kansas played its usual stingy defense in taking a 33-28 halftime lead over Memphis on Monday night in the national championship game.
The Jayhawks, looking for their first title since 1988, kept Memphis, which averages 80 points a game, well off that pace with some great one-on-one defense against freshman point guard Derrick Rose and strong play up front.
Darrell Arthur had 10 points for Kansas, which closed the half on a 9-2 run. Mario Chalmers had seven points, including the Jayhawks' only 3-pointer in six attempts.
Chris Douglas-Roberts, despite a good defensive performance by Brandon Rush, had 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Rose, who had 25 points in the Tigers' 78-63 semifinal win over UCLA, had three points on 1-for-4 shooting and had four assists, but also committed three turnovers.
Kansas had uncharacteristic eight turnovers - it averages 13 per game - but made up for it by outrebounding the Tigers 19-11.
Memphis, which lost one game all season, was looking for its first national championship.

Recent NCAAB Discussions

COLL PLAYS 4 SUN on Sun, Feb 2017 by Michael Cash
2ND SET COLL SOME 3:30 on Sun, Feb 2017 by Michael Cash
Basketball Newsletters on Sat, Feb 2017 by Blade

NCAAB Headlines

Advertisement

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Bluejays hope for rebound this afternoon With road tests against Villanova and Marquette looming before the Big East tourney, Creighton’s path to a top NCAA seed suddenly seems fraught with danger....
Thumbnail DePaul vs. Butler Pick Will No. 24 Butler cruise to a big win at home today when it hosts DePaul at 1:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Maryland vs. Wisconsin Pick Can No. 11 Wisconsin get back on track today when it hosts No. 23 Maryland at 1PM ET in a battle of two of the...
Thumbnail Virginia vs. North Carolina Pick Will North Carolina cover as a home favorite tonight when it hosts Virginia at 8:15PM ET?
Thumbnail USC vs. UCLA Pick Can No. 6 UCLA snap its losing streak to USC when the two meet up tonight at 10PM ET?

NCAAB Team Pages