As the overtime period got underway, Kansas showed their dominance. Collins made a steal and then passed it to Brandon Rush for a lay in.
Arthur pounded a lob from Chalmers and Darnell Jackson added a basket of his own. Memphis could never recover.
Despite all the celebrating and a trip to the White House, President George Bush invited the team for a visit, Kansas must now face the possibility of losing several teammates.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jason King, a source close to Rush said the junior will be entering the NBA Draft. This is the third time that Rush has chosen to enter the draft. The first was right out of high school. He changed his mind when he learned he wouldn’t go that high. The second time he declared was last year. A torn ACL kept him low on the draft list again and he decided to stay.
Chalmers and Arthur are also considering entering the draft. At this time though neither have made an announcement as to their intentions.
Rumors are swirling about head coach Bill Self as well. An alumnus of Oklahoma State University, Self has been questioned about the open coaching position there. At a press conference the morning after the victory at the Alamodome, Self said he is positively
not interested in the Oklahoma State job. He added that he would like to sit down with the KU staff and discuss ”security.”