As the Virginia Cavaliers make their national championship debut Monday night, several UVA players share their favorite memories of watching the NCAA final.
Ty Jerome remembers when Mario Chalmers hit the game-tying shot for Kansas in the 2008 national championship against Memphis.
“I don’t remember exactly the order of all The Finals I’ve watched, but I vividly remember watching Mario Chalmers hitting that shot,” the Virginia junior guard said. “I remember I was supposed to be asleep and my mom coming in my room and telling me to shut the TV off because it was a 9:00 game Eastern Time, and I was trying to stay up and watch it. Then the game went into overtime.”
Fellow junior guard Kyle Guy says he was asleep when Chalmers hit the shot.
“I said to my stepdad, ‘If it’s close, wake me up.’ He woke me up, and we watched that together,” Guy said. “But then probably 2007 or 2008 with (Greg) Oden and (Michael) Conley. Obviously they grew up close to me, so I was rooting for them. They fell short, but those are probably two memories I remember the most.”
The Cavaliers are in their first championship game in program history after defeating Auburn in the Final Four, 63-62.
“Being on this stage is incredible. It’s everything I dreamed of and more,” Jerome said. “Just being with this group of guys and this coaching staff makes it all that much better.”