Kansas crowned national champion after 72-69 win over North Carolina originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Kansas Jayhawks are national champions.
No. 1 Kansas defeated No. 8 North Carolina 72-69 in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship on Monday, making it the fourth title in school history.
Kansas took a 7-0 lead, similar to its dominance against Villanova in the Final Four. But the Tar Heels reacted quickly and took over the game with relentless agitation.
Armando Bacot’s offensive rebounding prowess gave UNC a 14-0 advantage in second-chance points early on while Kansas suffered a 1-for-7 streak on offense, allowing North Carolina to take a 28-22 lead after two hat-tricks from Brady Manek.
North Carolina continued to bully ball on both sides as they went on a 16-0 run to take a 38-22 lead with 2:17 to go. Kansas, on the other hand, went 5:40 without a field goal before Ochai Agbaji ended the drought with 23 seconds left, but the Jayhawks trailed 40-25 at the end of the half. -time.
Kansas, however, came back into the game to start the second half. A 20-6 run led by Christian Braun’s eight points saw North Carolina’s 15-point halftime lead slump to one with 12:41 remaining.
The Tar Heels went cold on the field and couldn’t hit open shots, which made transition layups easier for the Jayhawks.
After an Agbaji free throw tied the game at 50 apiece, a Remy Martin corner triple gave the Jayhawks the lead with 10 minutes remaining. North Carolina had been outscored 31-10 since halftime.
Both teams continued to go back and forth for the rest of the quarter. Kansas was leading 70-69 with 38 seconds left when Bacot injured his ankle, temporarily halting the game. The Jayhawks immediately went to David McCormack downstairs, who took advantage with a bucket.
North Carolina quickly pushed the ball to the floor but threw hard shots that didn’t go down, but Dajuan Harris Jr. went out of bounds on the ensuing inbound play, giving UNC one more possession with 4.3 seconds to go.
Caleb Love’s shot to send the game into overtime didn’t hit the edge, so the Jayhawks pulled off the biggest comeback in league game history.
McCormack and Jalen Wilson led the Jayhawks with 15 points apiece. Martin added 14 from the bench, including two whopping 3s in the second half.
Kansas last won the national championship in 2008.
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