Kansas Jayhawks have won their fourth NCAA title. In the final against North Carolina a comeback was necessary after 16 points behind.
Kansas Jayhawks (1) – North Carolina Tar Heels (8) 72:69
The Underdog UNC had taken a lot of momentum after the euphoric victory on archrival Duke in the semi-final and a dominant first half-time. Shortly before the break, the Tar Heels were unbeatable and sat down, with 40:25 it went into the cabin. But in the second half then hit the hour of Jayhawks.
“Today we obviously had great problems in the first half,” said Kansas-Coach Bill Self, who won his second title. “But the boys have given everything.”
Quickly they could open the game, especially thanks to David McCormack (15 points, 10 rebounds), Jalen Wilson (15) and Remy Martin (14) again, then it went back and forth to the final minutes. 1:21 minutes before the end it was McCormack, who helped his team via Jumper to 70: 69 leadership. One minute later, he left a hookshot about Brady Manek to the final score.
“When we had a basket, we went to Big Dave, and he has delivered,” said self.
UNC did not manage it in the final minutes to counter. The last four litters all went next to it, including the potential BUZZERBEATER to compensate for this time-disappointing Guard Caleb Love (13 points, 5/24 FG). In total, the second half ended 47:29 for Kansas.
Kansas can finally forget 2020
North Carolina failed in the seventh NCAA title, which may have been her unlikely. Only in 1985, a 8-Seed had won the March Madness, then it was Villanova. But in the end, the throwing happiness was missing them. The attacked Armando Bacot (15 points, 15 rebounds) bite on the teeth and became the first player ever, who rose a double-double in all six tournament games. In the final minutes, however, the Big humped from the court and could not continue, making the best defender against McCormack.
Also R.J. Davis (15, 12 rebounds) and Brady Manek (13 and 13) came on Double Doubles, Puff Johnson still contributed 11 points from the bank. Unc brought a rich 20 rebounds more (55:35), but also met 31.5 percent of his throws. At the Jayhawks, it was 43.9 percent.
In addition to McCormack, Ochai Agbaji (12) and Christian Braun (12, 12 rebounds) delivered, the latter scored 10 of his points in the second half. The Jayhawks could finally compensate that as a pota preference 2020 they could not crown their season due to the Coronapandemie. At that time, no NCAA tournament had taken place for the first time in history.
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Seven players from the then cader were now able to recall the crown in college basketball for all all. “This is a special group of guys,” said Agbaji. “We’re going to the story!”