LIVE BLOG: Kansas storms back against North Carolina, wins national championship 72-69
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - It’s a Rock Chalk Championship!
The Kansas Jayhawks faced off against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday evening for the men’s college basketball championship.
Below is a compilation of social media posts from reporters, analysts and others on the title game in New Orleans.
Since 2014 KC has had 2 World Series, 2 Super Bowls and now the Kansas City Jayhawks bring us a basketball title! What a great sports town!— Bob Fescoe (@bobfescoe) April 5, 2022
Punch. Counterpunch. Punch. Haymaker. Haymaker. Punch. Counterpunch. This game has been fantastic.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 5, 2022
First Braun got some swagger in this half, then Ochai and now McCormack.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 5, 2022
Kansas starting to feel it and has cut the lead to 46-45 with 12:41 left.
Ochai Agbaji missing four free throws in one minute is not something I had coming in.— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) April 5, 2022
BIG PLAY BY JALEN WILSON! AND 1!— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) April 5, 2022
North Carolina has taken a few unnecessarily quick shots and Kansas has got things going. The Jayhawks have cut the lead in half at the first timeout. It's 45-37— Jerry Palm (@jppalmCBS) April 5, 2022
Some spunk from Kansas, especially at the defensive end. Game on.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) April 5, 2022
Kansas trailed by as many as 16 in the first half, and they'll have an uphill battle if they want to win.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 5, 2022
History backs that up, as the largest deficit overcome to win a national championship game is 15 points, by Loyola Chicago against Cincinnati in 1963. pic.twitter.com/QfULw2JbYc
See if Kansas can get anything going early, make this interesting. Gotta think Bacot tightened up a little bit. Might be time to go at him.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) April 5, 2022
Game of runs so far— Jason Anderson (@J810Anderson) April 5, 2022
KU opened with a 7-0 run
UNC responded with a 40-18 run
Carolina is out rebounding Kansas 27-18 at the half. Kansas is (5-6) when they are even or out rebounded this year.— Soren Petro (@SorenPetro) April 5, 2022
Harris, Wilson, Braun and Martin are a combined (3-20) in the first half.
Ochai Agbaji has not taken a shot in seven minutes.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) April 5, 2022
Kansas went small with Jalen Wilson at the 5 heading into the media timeout. Given the way Carolina is rebounding at the offensive end, will be interesting to see if Self continues that for the final 3:46 of the half. Zach Clemence spot minutes? KJ Adams spot minutes? Dicey.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 5, 2022
Much needed TO for KU as UNC hits back to back 3's.— Adam Orduna (@AdamKCTV5) April 5, 2022
The Jayhawks need to find some rhythm on offense.
Kansas has been outscored 28-15 since taking the 7-0 lead to start the game.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) April 5, 2022
The basket has closed up at the moment for the Jayhawks.— Adam Orduna (@AdamKCTV5) April 5, 2022
UNC leads 22-18 in the first half.
Considering Bacot looks ginger, Manek was dazed and Love has been just OK, it's remarkable UNC leads 22-18. They are just 1-6 from 3. The 7-for-7 on free throws is the difference.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) April 5, 2022
Self yells at Remy Martin to move the ball after his missed 3-pointer, but this time -- Remy isn't alone. KU has taken a lot of unnecessary shots.— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) April 5, 2022
Kansas is so solid defensively. Active. Challenges every shot. Nothing easy.— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) April 5, 2022
Tip off is less than 5 minutes away and KU fans are still waiting in line to get into Lawrence bars to watch the game!! One girl just told me she has been waiting in line since 5:30 PM and is still not in! That just shows you how busy it is on Mass Street! @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/Kotz6kn9fr— Greg Payne (@GregKCTV5) April 5, 2022
Seems about even in terms of the crowd between Kansas and UNC.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 5, 2022
Two STRONG fan bases.
An extremely unofficial accounting of Kansas basketball legends spotted behind the bench a minute ago included Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, Drew Gooden and Nick Collision.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) April 5, 2022
“The window may shut, but it’s only temporary. You’re always gonna have an opportunity to get back here if you do your job.”@TheAndyKatz and @CoachBillSelf talk @KUHoops’ journey to the #NationalChampionship and keys to success tonight 🙌 pic.twitter.com/C4SQefMByU— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) April 5, 2022
This takes me back to the days when to get concert tickets, instead of waiting *on*line you had to wait *in* line and camp out early in the morning (with pizza) at a @Ticketmaster outlet. These folks are waiting at @RustyTacoTweets in @lawrenceks. - @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/3dCjQbYKUW— Betsy Webster (@BetsyKCTV5) April 5, 2022
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