Trey Burke did to Kansas what Mario Chalmers did to Memphis in 2008 title game
Kansas led 70-59 with 3:47 to go.
It seemed as if Kansas was going to make another trip to the Elite Eight and Michigan was going to join rival Indiana as Big Ten members to get bounced in the Sweet 16. That all seemed likely until Trey Burke decided to do everything but engrave his name on the national player of the year awards.
Burke was held scoreless in the first half went off for 23 points in the second half and overtime in Michigan’s 87-85 comeback win over Kansas. Burke’s biggest shot forced the extra five minutes. The sophomore point guard drilled a 30-footer to tie the game at 76. Kansas held a 14-point led with under seven minutes to go. Michigan erased that deficit with a 22-8 run to end regulation.
Six years prior Kansas was on the other end off a game-tying three in the NCAA tournament.
In the 2008 title game a freshman named Derrick Rose made one of two free throws, giving Memphis a three-point lead. The missed free throw set up Mario Chalmers’ heroic game-tying three forcing overtime, ending with the Jayhawks cutting down the net.
Memphis was up three and elected not to foul which helped win a national title for Kansas. The Jayhawks were in the same position as the Tigers were in on Friday night in the Sweet 16. Elijah Johnson missed a free throw, keeping it a one-possession game, and providing Burke with a stage to become a tournament hero.
Burke brought the ball up the floor and got a look, although it was a 30-footer. The Big Ten Player of the Year was the hottest player on the floor at that time, so even when he raised up for that long-range shot the basket had to look a little bigger. Kansas had the chance to foul, but allowed Burke to throw up a prayer. Johnson may have had the best chance to foul Burke, but as he attempted to step up and defend Burke, he collided with Mitch McGary, who he had already “collided” with earlier in the game, and fell to the floor giving Burke enough space for a shot.
In a span of six years the argument of foul when up three late in the game has lifted a banner in Allen Fieldhouse and ended another Jayhawk run to the Final Four.