Kansas comes back from biggest deficit in National Championship history


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In the regular season Bill Self won his 16 Big 12 titles and Ochai Agbaji won the Big 12 player of the year. To reach the National Championship Kansas was forced to beat teams such as: Texas Southern, Creighton, Providence, Miami and Villanova.

Jackson Crispin, Editor in Chief

No. 1 Kansas defeated No. 8 North Carolina 72-69 in the 2022 National Championship, marking the biggest comeback win in National Champion history.

UNC (North Carolina) head coach, Hubert Davis, became the first coach to reach the National Championship in his first year as a head coach. Davis took over for legendary coach Roy Williams, who coached the Kansas Jayhawks from 1988-2003 and the North Carolina Tarheels from 2003-2021. Williams won three National Championships with UNC in 2005, 2007, and 2017. Davis and his team’s run to the National Championship will be one of the biggest “Cinderella” stories of all time.

Down 16 points at halftime, Kansas head coach Bill Self was motivated to come back. Beginning the second half, forward Christian Braun helped lead the comeback scoring 12 points in the second half. 

KU guard Remy Martin contributed with three three-pointers in the second half including one taking a 65-68 lead with 2:39 left in the game.

UNC scored four straight points taking a 69-68 lead with 1:41 on the clock. KU big man David McCormack became the team’s hero down the stretch scoring a big putback layup, forcing a turnover on UNC center Armando Bacot, and scoring another shot taking a three point lead with 24 seconds left.

Down three, UNC guard Caleb Love missed a deep three but was rebounded by RJ Davis and given to Puff Johnson for another three, which missed with six seconds on the clock.

Kansas’ Dajuan Harris turned the ball over giving the Tarheels another chance with four seconds to tie the game. UNC’s Love received the ball for the final shot but airballed, making the Kansas Jayhawks the National Champions for the fourth time in school history.

McCormack and Braun both contributed double-doubles to help lead KU to the win. 

After the game Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji received the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player award. After a 14 year drought of not winning a National Championship, Self received the second of his career.