How the Kansas Jayhawks won the Men’s National Championship in 2022 and what’s next for KU and North Carolina Tar Heels

A new national champion has appeared at the men’s basketball college. The Kansas Jayhawks began a historic comeback to win 72-69 over the Tar Hills of North Carolina in the final on Monday night in New Orleans, the school’s fourth national title and second under head coach Bill Self, who also led KU to the 2008 crown. year. Kansas went down in history, overcoming the biggest deficit in the half for the country’s champions, trailing 40-25 at the break before breaking out of the locker room with an 18-6 series that eliminated any notion of Tar Heels escape. The previous biggest shortfall in the break for the champion was 11, achieved by the Duke Blue Devils 2001 and Temple Owls 1958.

When Kansas cut the net to take care of the 2021-22 season, the ESPN team of Myron Medcalf, Jeff Borzel, John Gassaway and Joe Lunardi finally took a look at this historic game of the national championship, including what went to Kansas and that in the second half North Carolina went wrong. The ESPN quartet also reflected on the meaning of the Kansas triumph over the past five months of college basketball, and looked ahead to the staff that the Jayhawks and Tar Heels returned in 2022-23.


What was the reason № 1 why Kansas defeated North Carolina?

North Carolina and Kansas have come together to give us one of the most exciting national games in recent years. Five minutes before the game, Kansas had a 63-61 lead after losing 15 points during the break. North Carolina’s offensive firepower and defensive pressure created this cushion before the break, but Kansas ’offensive effectiveness helped her recover and take the lead in the second half. This 10-minute stretch for Kansas early in the second half, when he beat North Carolina 31-10, forced the Tar Hills to chase him until the end of the game. However, in the last minutes the chances were in both teams.

The reason Kansas won that game was that he did with North Carolina what he did with Texas South, Providence and Miami in the NCAA tournament when he went through one of his fabulous races that changed the game. In the second half there was another team. Hole Black early recorded his fourth foul, which relieved pressure on Ochaya Agbaji, who was otherwise driven by the flanks of North Carolina. Jalen Wilson flared up after the break, and overall the Jayhawks found the same pass on which they defeated the Hurricanes 45-17 in the second half of their Elite Eight game.

When Kansas rallied, you could see North Carolina’s fatigue. Armando Bacot, who twisted his ankle in his team’s win over Duke, limped early in the second half. Tar Heels are tired of chasing Kansas players off the screens and fighting on the block with David McCormack, whose hook over Brady Manek gave Kansas a critical three-point lead in the final seconds.

Kansas made 58% of their shots in the second half, while UNC connected to just 28%. During the postseason Kansas was able to rise to a level unmatched by any rival, and Tar Heels met the same fate.

And so KU pushed the button again and joined Loyola’s 1962-63 Chicago team as the only teams to return after a 15-point deficit in the country’s title match to win, and secured Bill Self a second national championship. “Medcalfe.”

Was it a more epic return to Kansas or the epic crash of North Carolina?

Definitely the former. No matter how badly the Jayhawks played after the starting series with a score of 7-0, they used all the weapons in their arsenal to return the second half in their favor. And it’s not as if North Carolina gave it away. Everything but. Tar Heels made some big games of their own after falling behind late, but in the last minutes the time was up – and the players.

In a sense, Kansas has won the game twice. A quick start could cripple a smaller opponent, and a reversal in the second half was a championship caliber in every way. It was an epic twist and a worthy end to one of NCAA’s greatest tournaments.

Both teams deserve nothing but praise. “Lunardi.”

What is the historical impact of this game on Kansas and Bill Selfie?

The Atlanta Braves and manager Bobby Cox won 14 NL East titles in a row from 1991 to 2005. And one World Series. Were they an incredible success? Are they unfavorable? And what would a few names mean for their heritage?

The Kansas Jayhawks have been seeded No. 1 in the NCAA tournament an incredible nine times (10 considering the canceled 2020 tournament) under Bill Self – literally half of his time in Lawrence. And only once before they won the final game. Even Self agrees that there should have been more trophies.

On Monday night, the Jayhawks did what the Browses never did: they earned their fourth national championship in school history – a landmark second for their coach – and in the process turned all those unfulfilled number one numbers into good luck.

Victory heals everyone. One name may be a coincidence, but two cement a legacy. Even if Bill Self never wins in any game. “Lunardi.”

Which of these teams is in the best shape for next season? Can Kansas become the first consecutive winner after Florida in 2006-07?

Much depends on the NBA draft and the transfer portal. But for now, I think Kansas is in a little better shape. And given that the Jayhawks are in 4th place in my earliest top 25, and North Carolina is in 5th place, I clearly don’t think there’s a big gap. While Kansas is expected to lose McCormack, Agbaji, Christian Brown, Remy Martin, Mitch Lightfoot and Jalen Coleman-Lands, Bill Self must return two starting points from this season’s team to Dajuan Harris Jr. and Wilson. But true optimism comes from the class of incoming recruits, a group that has three five-star prospects. Grady Dick spent the same best season in the senior classes of 2022, while MJ Rice is physically ready for basketball in college, and Ernest Ude will help consolidate the interior. I also think the Jayhawks are coming to the portal for help, especially ahead.

Meanwhile, North Carolina could find itself in the top five if Bacot, Caleb Love and R.J. Davis return to Chapel Hill. Is that too likely? Probably not. Bacot could have been out the door anyway before the NCAA tournament, while Kemba Walker Lava’s impression this month potentially led him to the NBA. Black has a super-senior season that he can use, but for now it’s not definite. So next season Hubert Davis expects a lot more. While Davis will need something from his newbies, the pair is from the top 50 prospects at Seth Trimble and Jalen Washington. How big a role in them will be immediately determined by whether the current stars will remain or leave. – Barcela

What will be the most memorable aspect of the 2021-22 varsity basketball season? How will it be remembered?

We remember that it was finally a return to normal life, and that the season ended with an incredible holding of the 15th issue of Sowed St. Peter’s and a very fascinating Final Four filled to the brim with blue blood. The fans are back, and in retrospect we obscure the fact that the games have still been postponed or even canceled.

But when we got to March, everything really went after us. Shahin Holloway’s Peacocks went down in history, stunning Kentucky and becoming the first number 15 to enter the elite eight. North Carolina made their own amazing session as a seed № 8. The Tar Heels ended Mike Krzyzewski’s career in the national semifinals at the Superdome, adding an indelible chapter to this rivalry story.

Most of all we will remember how Kansas overcame a 15-point deficit at the break and won the title. The Jayhawks were the number one crop among legendary names in New Orleans, and did their best to rewrite their name in history textbooks. – Gas

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