There's a link to a full game report in the post below. And here's a link to my column in today's paper.
But I had a few other thoughts before calling it a basketball season.
One is just what a greatly entertaining game that was. This was the Final Four of the four No. 1 seeds, and most of the drama that the semifinals lacked was mostly made up for tonight.
Also, as the Huskies' beat writer, there were a few things that seemed familiar.
Most obviously, there was free-throw problems, which finally came back to bite the Tigers. Memphis hit only half of their 14 free throws in the second half, and what wouldn't they give to have had just one more of those roll in.
Coach John Calipari -- who I thought was just great this week -- had spent most of the season making the point that free throw percentages don't matter. What matters -- be said -- is when you make your free throws. He made the point that he don't want a 90 percent free throw shooter on the line at crunch time if his knees are knocking from the pressure. Instead, Calipari implied, he'd take his own strong-willed guys who he beleived would make them when it mattered.
In the most important game their is, he was wrong about that.
The other UW-related thought is a little more distant. Remember when the Huskies allowed a three-pointer in the final seconds against UConn in the Sweet 16, and coach Lorenzo Romar defended his decision not to foul and force UConn to shoot two free throws?
The same question was asked of Calipari tonight, but his answer was different. He said he actually wanted to foul, that his team had tried to foul, but that they apparently didn't foul strongly enough or obviously enough for the official to call it. That failure to foul allowed Mario Chalmers to hit a 3-pointer with two seconds left that sent the game into overtime and eventually cost the Tigers a title.