April 7, 2008 will forever be remembered as one of the greatest days in Kansas’ storied history on the hardwood.
Down 63-60 with just a handful of ticks remaining on the clock and the 2008 National Championship at stake, Kansas forcing overtime against Memphis, or walking off the court as confetti covered the Tigers came down to one shot — Mario’s Miracle.
Often referred to as the greatest shot in Kansas basketball history, Mario Chalmers accepted a handoff from Sherron Collins, took one quick dribble towards the top of the key, and heaved a three-point prayer over the outstretched arm of Derrick Rose.
Just like that, the game was tied, and Kansas’ season and title aspirations remained alive and well.
April 7, 2008
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) April 7, 2018
Of course, after Chalmer’s connected on his miraculous three-pointer, Kansas went on to outscore Memphis 12-5 in overtime en route to a 75-68 victory, giving Kansas its third national championship in school history.
An entire decade later, the shot that largely made that possible still resonates with the Jayhawk faithful. It’s not hard to see why.