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Bill Self Live Tweeting the 2008 NCAA Championship Game Amid Coronavirus is What We All Needed

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self is taking some time on this Sunday afternoon to watch his 2008 Kansas Jayhawks replay of their Championship Game against the Memphis Tigers.

The game was played on April 7, 2008 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The 2008 national title game was played between the 2008 South Regional Champions, #1-seeded Memphis the 2008 Midwest Regional Champions, #1-seeded Kansas.

It’s considered one of the best college basketball National Championship games of all time as it went to overtime and featured stars like Derrick Rose and Mario Chalmers, who both played huge roles in the outcome of the game. KU was down nine points with just over two minutes left in regulation and Chalmers hit one of the great big shots in NCAA Tournament history to push the game to overtime, which the Jayhawks eventually won 75-68.

So with Bill Self live tweeting the game, it seems to me this is something we didn’t know we needed on what should have been a day with eight second round NCAA Tournament games being played.

Self also had moments of being funny and humble.


As the second half went on, Self continued to critique his own coaching, but of course knowing the outcome, made sure to have some levity.

As for the final play of regulation, where Mario Chalmers hit his now famous shot, here was Self’s analysis.

As overtime started, Self admits that his guys proved him wrong.

As Self and his Jayhawks went on to win the National Championship, he made sure to give his team a pat on the back for how they handled the situation.


And Self wrapped it up with this, which is totally true.

Thank you, Coach.

With everything going on, we needed that. Some escape from reality in these times does us all some good.

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