The NCAA men’s championship has just ended and fans have witnessed one of the most impressive comebacks in the history of the national championship. The Kansas Jayhawks managed to defeat the University of North Carolina in an extremely tight game that ended in a 72-69 win. After entering the second half trailing by 15 points, the Kansas team worked their way to the podium, but not without difficulties.
North Carolina was not left without a fight and the Tar Heels players kept pushing until the end. With just a minute and a half remaining, North Carolina led by one point, with a score of 69-68. Jayhawks forward David McCormack sank two points and did the same shortly after, clinching the championship for Kansas.
Ahead of the 2022 NCAA Tournament Finals, there have been many predictions about the next winner. Kansas was listed as a four-point favorite for the finals, due to its high-flying offense, superior defense and shooting efficiency. The team is in the top 20 for its defensive strategies and in the top 30 for its total shooting volume. However, there was still a chance for North Carolina to win, particularly because of their junior forward Armando Bacot.
With the conclusion of the 2022 season, the 2023 NCAAB season odds are now available and the Duke Blue Devils are available with a minimum of 10.0 as they are the current favorites. Due to the popularity of college sports in the US, many people are heavily involved in March Madness and it never fails to deliver on its unpredictability. College basketball is a spectacle unto itself, showcasing the best student athletes out there. It also has a long history and is considered as a form of tradition.
This final was not the first time that the two teams met on a basketball court. The Kansas Jayhawks and North Carolina Tar Heels had met five times in a Final Four game or National Championship game. The first time the two teams met in a Final Four matchup was in 1957 when North Carolina won the game 54-53 after triple overtime.
This final was also not the first time that Kansas emerged victorious. In all, the Jayhawks have played in 10 national title games, winning four of them. The team’s first title came in 1952 in a game that ended in an 80–63 victory over St. John’s. In the 1988 National Championship, Kansas defeated Oklahoma 83-79 with Larry Brown as coach. The third title was won in 2008 at the 70th edition of the tournament, when the Jayhawks defeated the Memphis Tigers by 7 points, winning in overtime 75-68.
Two of the basketball team’s titles have been won with Bill Self as the program’s head coach. For a coach to win his second title with a team is a huge accomplishment and he is only the 16th coach in Division I men’s basketball to win at least two titles. The news of his victory has caused many to argue that he might be the best basketball coach in the NCAA. Of course it is debatable and there are many other aspects that need to be taken into account rather than just the results in the final. However, Kansas fans are now excited to see what the future holds for the team in the upcoming season, with the countdown officially underway.