LOUIS VUEILLE – On Monday, the University of Kansas defeated North Carolina in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game with the largest comeback in the game’s history.
It was 40-25 in favour of the eighth-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels over the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks at halftime in the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.
With a stellar second half, Kansas was able to catch North Carolina and pull out a 72-69 victory.
Kansas Defeated North Carolina
In a thrilling second half, Kansas defeated North Carolina 47-29 with to 15-point efforts from David McCormack and Jalen Wilson.
After leading by as many as 16 points, Kansas appeared doomed to lose against a North Carolina squad that was hungry for a seventh straight championship after previous triumphs in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, and 2017.
While the Jayhawks were behind by a significant margin at halftime, Kansas standout McCormack said they never gave up hope.
When I walked into the locker room to greet my teammates at halftime, they gave me strange looks. When the halftime break came along, I told the guys, “Yo, we come out here and have fun, do what we was created to do, what brought us to this position,” McCormack recalled. And we basically carried out the plan.
McCormack Grabbed a Rebound and Scored to Put Kansas Ahead 70-69
With 1:16 remaining, McCormack grabbed a rebound and scored to put Kansas ahead 70-69. He then scored again with 22.3 seconds left to put the Jayhawks up 72-69.
Caleb Love of North Carolina had time for a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer, but the air ball sailed harmlessly wide of the target, sparking wild celebrations for Kansas.
In the Last Words
In 1998, Kentucky overcame a 10-point hole to beat Utah, but Kansas’ comeback was even more impressive. Thanks for reading our Article. continue reading and have a good day.