The last time Kansas University was in the NCAA championship game, Mario Chalmers hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that sent the Jayhawks into overtime and eventually to victory over Derrick Rose and Memphis in 2008.

So, yes, that was a glow Chalmers carried into (but not out of) the Miami Heat locker room Sunday at TD Garden. And, yes, those were texts from this season's Jayhawks on his phone moments after Kansas' Saturday Final Four victory over Ohio State.

For Chalmers, there is more than a historical attachment to the Jayhawks. Due to the NBA lockout, he spent part of the offseason working out in Lawrence with many of the players who will take the court Monday night in New Orleans against Kentucky.