The University of Kansas returns to beat UNC and captures 4th men’s NCAA title

The University of Kansas defeated North Carolina in New Orleans on Monday, winning college basketball’s national championship and capping a season that marked the sport’s return to relative normalcy.

The Jayhawks’ 72-69 victory came after falling 16 points behind and then staging the biggest rally of any national championship game.

David McCormack’s knight gave Kansas a 70-69 lead with 1:21 left, and UNC’s Caleb Love, the hero of his team’s semifinal win on Saturday, missed a potentially crucial shot on the horn.

It was Kansas’ fourth NCAA Division I title, adding to one blue blood story That is surpassed by Connecticut’s four crowns and topped by UCLA (11), Kentucky (8), UNC (6), Duke (5), and Indiana (5).

Six-time champion UNC has now lost six times in the title game. The Tar Heels are tied with coincidentally Kansas and Duke for most runners-up.

UNC reached the title game on Monday night with a dramatic victory in Saturday’s national semifinals over bitter rivals Duke. That game ended the career of legendary, now-retired Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski.

the Jayhawks dominated Villanova in the other national semi-final game on Saturday and kept that momentum going into the title fight at the Superdome.

Monday night’s title game not only featured two of college basketball’s most celebrated programs, the stage was remarkably shared by two schools deep roots and connections to the foundation of the sport.

The late trainer of Tar Heels and Kansas Graduate Dean Smith was a member of the Jayhawks’ 1952 NCAA title team before joining his Career in the Hall of Fame on the sidelines and led UNC to championships in 1982 and 1993.

This was UNC coach Hubert Davis’ first season after taking over from retired Roy Williams last year, who led the Tar Heels to national titles in 2005, 2009 and 2017. Before Williams, a UNC graduate, arrived at Chapel Hill, he was the head coach at Kansas for 15 seasons and led the Jayhawks to four Final Fours and two national title games.

Image: North Carolina vs. Kansas
Roy Williams attends the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament National Championship at Caesars Superdome on April 4, 2022 in New Orleans.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Williams was in the Superdome stands Monday night to watch one former employer defeat another in the final game of this 2021-22 college basketball season.

Dubbed the March Madness and arguably America’s most popular sporting competition, the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament was played under remarkably normal conditions throughout March and those early days of April, with games taking place at venues across the country.

A year ago, the tournament was restricted to participants and as NCAA restricted to Indiana venuesbased in Indianapolis in hopes of limiting the threat of Covid-19.

However, this bubble format did not prevent a tournament game between Oregon and Virginia Commonwealth is recalled due to covid issues.

March Madness was not played at all in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Before the 2019-20 season was discontinued, Kansas was the No. 1 in both major, national polls.

Covid still played a role in the now-completed 2021/22 season as Some games have been postponed Attendance was limited due to outbreaks and a handful of competitions.

For example, the Yale BulldogsWHO won the Ivy League tournament In January, to earn an offer from March Madness, he played one home game behind closed doors and two more on campus, with just 125 people watching in person due to the Omicron overvoltage.

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Caroline Bleakley

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