Incredible Kansas feat. Thanks to a great comeback in the second half , the number 1 seed overcomes North Carolina 72-69 and wins the fourth national title, the second during the tenure of coach Bill Self. The Jayhawks recovered 16 points and thus made history: no other team had ever managed to recover such a large disadvantage in an NCAA final.
To start better at Allen Fieldhouse is certainly Kansas: Ochai Agbaji scores from three, then David McCormack scores four points that lead his teammates to 9-3. North Carolina is not there and responds with Armando Bacot, who scored seven points in a few minutes for the first advantage of his team (12-11). Kansas moves forward and reaches +4 thanks to a triple from Remy Martin, then Bacot, RJ Davis and Brady Manek take the chair and North Carolina extends up to 40-25 at the end of the first half (maximum advantage of 16 points on 38- 22).
Upon returning from the break, the reaction of the Jayhawks is expected and it is not long in coming: Christian Braun takes his teammates by the hand and drags them down to -1 after eight minutes of play (48-47). However, the positive moment in Kansas does not end here: Agbaji ‘s three-player game and Martin ‘s triple allow the boys from Self to even take the lead (50-53). The match continues point by point up to 69-68 in favor of North Carolina one minute and 41 seconds from the end, then comes the turning point: McCormack scores four points in one minute and brings his teammates up +3 (69-72). Hubert Davis’ boys try to equalize three times with three triples in the last 15 seconds but the ball does not enter. The siren decrees the end of the match and the celebrations for a historic victory start at Kansas.
At the end of the game the top scorers for the Jayhawks are David McCormack and Jalen Wilson with 15 points each, but Remy Martin’s performance is also excellent (14 points). In North Carolina, however, the good performances of Armando Bacot (15 points and 15 rebounds), RJ Davis (15 points and 12 rebounds) and Brady Manek (13 points and 13 rebounds) are not enough.