Kansas vs. Kansas for national title can be epic: from Dean to Roy and beyond, blue blood has a deep history

NEW ORLEAN – The Duke v. North Carolina was historic.

Kansas vs. North Carolina can be incredible.

Don’t automatically think that Monday night’s national title will be shaken after Saturday’s headliner saga. Duke isn’t, but it’s unlikely to undo the blue blood and nostalgic appeal that concludes this 2022 NCAA men’s tournament.

Note: North Carolina has proven itself in five games in a row – hello, does anyone yet wear Carolina Blue officially still believe in this team? – that it is as good as any team in sports. Meanwhile, Kansas has the No. 1 seed, the only one of the top liners to make it to the Final Four. The Jayhawks opposed Villan’s push and now have the advantage of winning the national title by four points. If that happens, it will be the fourth NCAA tournament program.

These schools are pretty familiar with each other, even if the teams aren’t. It is this rich story, in which many people intertwine the two royal basketball houses, that creates a fantastic director here in Big Lee.

This is the fifth bout in the final four / title game between the two, making UNC vs KU the most frequent clash in the history of the four final. It began in 1957 when the only game in the Final Four of three overtimes was decided 57-56 in favor of the undefeated, 32-0 North Carolina, which defeated the Kansas team featuring a skinny player named Wilt.

Since then:

  • Kansas defeated UNC in the 1991 national semifinals
  • Carolina returned the favor by winning against KU in the ’93 semifinals
  • The Jayhawks defeated Tar Heels in the Final Four in 2008 when all four No. 1 numbers came out

Here we are awarded the first title match between the schools that finished first (Kansas) and third (Carolina) in all-time victories. Hey, you get the Final Four of Blue Blood, you will have a great historical context, no matter who gets into the main game. It is also the seventh meeting between the Jayhawks and the Hills in the tournament, which ranks second in history.

The bonds between the couples are even deeper. Remember that coach in Carolina one day, Dean Smith? Kansas graduate. He was on the team that won the national title in 1952. It is said that later in life Smith worked well for himself; he retired with 879 wins (mostly when he retired) and two national titles from Tar Heels. Smith is considered the greatest coach in North Carolina history.

And yet, is he the best? Because despite all the talk about Coach K’s farewell season, this season’s final game is actually a special Roy Williams. It can be argued that Williams, not Smith, is the best coach in UNC history. He won three national titles and 485 games, accounting for 0.748 percent of victories. Prior to that, of course, Williams was the administrator of a program in Kansas that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s. Williams has won 418 games in 15 seasons with Kansas. He was in the building on Saturday to cheer cheerfully for Carolina’s emotional defeat against Duke. One can bet that the camera will find him early and often on Monday night.

Kansas-UNC is now magically turning into an unofficial posting of Old Roy a year later. How about this?

There are more. Another former coach, Larry Brown, who led Kansas to the 1988 Danny and Wonders title, played for Smith in the 1960s at UNC. He might be able to find a place near Williams. And when Bill Self and Hubert Davis met at this point, it’s the first time two coaches have fought in a National Championship match as successors to the same person; He replaced Williams in Kansas and Davis in Carolina.

If you want another one, of course, why not: Assistant North Carolina coach Brad Frederick is the son of a positive and important figure in Kansas history, its late sporting director Bob Frederick.

Sam knows that in this game there is a chance to be great because of who is on the other side. Here the coefficient of specialty increases.

“I think no matter who we play tonight, it would be incredibly special because both teams are as blue as you can tell when you talk about blue blood,” he said. “But playing Carolina’s program, which intertwines with Kansas history, is largely because coach Smith played in Kansas and won the national championship in the 52nd, and then he goes on and is considered the same good basketball coach who ever coached this sport for a certain period of time.So, I think it’s special.In addition, when coach Williams led our program for 15 years and did a great job there, then went back to his alma mater and won three national championships, I think it definitely adds interest. So I’m very proud to be in this game. “

For Kansas, this is the 10th game for the national title. North Carolina returned here for the 12th time (the second in history after the 13th UCLA). UNC is 2-0 in title games at the Superdome, winning in 1982 and 1993. There is still speculation about the appearance of Michael Jordan. As far as anyone knows, he was not here on Saturday. But he showed up in 2017 to see how UNC beat Gonzaga in the main game.

And it’s the 40th anniversary of his winning game against Georgetown, which is the genesis of Jordan’s origin story.

“I don’t just want him to show up. I would like him to play, ”Davis joked on Sunday.

Luckily for North Carolina, Armando Bacot will play. The man, who has 30 double-doubles this season, should start after a short-term care with a shin injury against Duke. Bakot will not only be in shape, but here is what he told reporters on Sunday: “I would have to cut off my right leg so I don’t play.”

This is the rule. This match also does. North Carolina is trying to do something that hasn’t happened since the first field with 64 teams in 1985: to win all under number 8.

Of course, the school that did it was the one Kansas beat on Saturday to get here, Vilanova.

This Carolina team is in no way reminiscent of the Role of Massimino group, which made one of the most failed setbacks in the history of American sport. If UNC beats Kansas on Monday night, the story will be threefold: Davis will win his first season, UNC will do so as seed No. 8 and beat Kansas like a cherry after the eternal victory over Duke two nights before.

Davis knows something about the painful losses in the Final Four stage, and it is here that we delve even deeper into how these two epic programs feel more and more interchangeable. Davis revealed on Sunday that he created a twisting ritual for himself early in his life each year: he watched the entire semi-final semi-final loss in 1991, which he suffered as a player from Kansas.

“It was the hardest loss I have ever experienced in my entire life,” he said. “It would make me cry. And I hoped it was interesting, every time I watched it, I thought it would be different. ”

The ceremony ended in 2017 when Davis was an assistant on the UNC team that won the title that defeated Gonzaga in Glendale, Arizona. Cleansing the basketball soul. Now he has a chance to redeem any leftovers, although for Davis this is an opportunity for his players. He insists it’s their moment, their chance at something he didn’t capture when he was wearing a UNC uniform.

“It was the best place personally I’ve ever felt,” Davis said. “I said [my players]I played in the NBA for 12 years and it was my best as a basketball player, the best moment when I was just a Final Four. I tried to convey to them how special it is to be here. Now that they can experience it, it’s great. ”

For all the history of NCAA tournaments between them, these are not frequent enemies. Usually it is this tournament that binds them together. UNC has a 6-5 lead over Kansas all the time, and the Jayhawks have won the last three (all in the NCAA).

There’s just too much dating here to think this game can’t be great. Kansas scores as the best team, North Carolina shouts in this match as a more convincing story. For almost three weeks it seemed that Duke was destined to come here with Mike Krzyzewski. Now that it’s off the table, there’s an ease that can give way to a loose game with lots of possession and a bunch of points.

History awaits. Either Self will be the first Kansas coach to win multiple titles, or Davis will be the first coach in history to win a national title in his first full season as head coach – as the No. 8 seeded to download.

Come on, now. This is Kansas. This is Carolina. This is the national championship. This is New Orleans. These games in this city have developed a habit of being a classic. Hopefully the voodoo is back in the building on Monday night.

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