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Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome look to make memories in Virginia's first NCAA Championship game
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Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome look to make memories in Virginia's first NCAA Championship game

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MINNEAPOLIS — At a certain point, all of the NCAA Championship games blend together. Ty Jerome can’t remember the first he watched, but the Virginia guard has fond memories of the 2008 contest between Kansas and Memphis. Specifically, how it ended.

Trailing the Tigers by three points with 10.8 seconds remaining, the Jayhawks raced down the court. Soon the ball found the hands of Mario Chalmers, who fired from behind the arc and sent the game to overtime. Kansas went on to win, 75-68.

“I remember I was supposed to be asleep and my mom coming into my room and telling me to shut the TV off because it was a 9:00 game Eastern Time,” he said.

“I obviously listened to my parents more,” Kyle Guy joked. “I was asleep when Mario Chalmers hit the shot.”

Guy turned to his backcourt mate and chuckled, conceding he watched the rest of the game after his stepfather woke him up.

Monday night, Guy and Jerome have the chance to carve make their own memories when the Cavaliers play Texas Tech in the national title game. 

“Being on this stage is incredible,” Jerome said.

Guy and Jerome played big roles in the team’s national semifinal win over Auburn. Jerome -- who appeared to double dribble late in the game but was not whistled -- recorded game highs in points (21), rebounds (nine) and assists (six).

His final feed went to Guy, who drilled a 3-pointer in the corner to cut Auburn’s lead to one with nine seconds remaining. After Auburn’s Jared Harper went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe, Guy then swished three free throws to clinch the 63-62 win, paving the way for Virginia’s first appearance in the national title game.

“It’s everything I dreamed of,” Jerome said. “and more.”

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