On Monday night, Kansas took home the 2022 March Madness championship, bringing an end to a spectacular tournament.
After falling behind by 16 points to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the first half, the Kansas Jayhawks staged the largest comeback in championship history to win 72-69.
There were only 22 seconds remaining when Kansas took a three-point lead on a goal by David McCormack.
This is coach Bill Self’s second NCAA championship, since he also led his team to victory in 2008.
Kansas was given the top seed in the Midwest region, while North Carolina received the lowest seed in the East at No. 8.
When seeding began in the late 1970s, North Carolina’s eighth seed was tied for the lowest ranking team to reach the final.
Kansas advanced to the championship game by defeating Villanova 81-65 in the Final Four, while North Carolina defeated Duke 81-77.
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Bill Self is still pondering how his Kansas Jayhawks basketball team would have fared two years after their season was cut short by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The 2019-20 Kansas Jayhawks went 28-3 overall and 16-1 down the stretch before the NCAA tournament was cancelled for the first time in its history.
Self honoured that squad during Saturday night’s 81-65 triumph over Villanova on Saturday night in the Final Four at the Superdome and stated the Jayhawks will be playing in the national title game for them, too.
Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack were both members of the 2019–20 squad that would have been a No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA tournament and had a chance to win Self his second national championship.
By the 9:28 mark of the first half on Saturday, Agbaji had scored 12 of his 21 points, and McCormack had scored 11 of his 25; together, they had outscored Villanova by two points.
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In terms of offensive, Kansas is currently one of the best teams in the country. On Saturday, they shot at least 50% from the field for the third time in their last five tournament games.
Both McCormack and Agbaji were dominant for the Big 12 champions. Agbaji has found his rhythm since he was limited to five points against Providence.
At one point, beginning with the Elite Eight victory over Miami, the senior guard drained eight straight three-pointers.