Game: 2008 National Championship
Date: 4/7/2008
Teams: Memphis Tigers vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Going into the national championship game, Chris Douglas-Roberts was the leading scorer of the tournament with an average of 23.6 PPG. Derrick Rose's play during the season and tourney had almost certainly made him a lock for the No. 1 pick in that year's NBA Draft. So, if their play was so great, what was the big deal? Despite Douglas-Roberts scoring 22 points and Rose having 18 points and 8 assists, both were remembered for the critical free throws they missed in the second half. Leading by nine with 2:12 remaining, Memphis seemed well on their way to a national title when Kansas started hacking the Tigers who were well-known for their poor free throw shooting (59% FT average that season). Douglas-Roberts missed three free throws in the last 1:15 and Rose went 1-2 from the line with 10 seconds remaining when draining both would've given Memphis a 4-point lead, virtually sealing the game and title. Mario Chalmers' three-pointer pushed the game into overtime and the Jayhawks would hold on to become national champs. We're sure winning Rookie of the Year honors and being named MVP has helped Rose get over this fail. Chris Douglas-Roberts though? Eh, we're guessing playing in Italy is cool?