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KU completes epic comeback.
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NEW ORLEANS — Call ’em the comeback kids! David McCormack channeled his inner Wilt Chamberlain in scoring 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds and super-sub Remy Martin contributed 14 points off the bench to help the Kansas Jayhawks expunge a 16-point first half deficit to beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-69 in the men’s national championship game. Millions of viewers at home and 70,000 fans inside New Orleans’ Caesars Superdome witnessed the greatest comeback in NCAA title game history. The Jayhawks are now 4-time national champions. Danny Manning and Paul Pierce were among the many KU alums in attendance. After getting their asses kicked the first 20 minutes, KU trailed by 15 at the break. But, even though they didn’t rebound worth a damn, the Jayhawks played tenacious defense in the final frame to get back in the game. “When we saw our own blood, we didn’t panic and we came out the second half coming in hot,” said head coach Bill Self. “I was thinking at the 14-minute mark, ‘There’s no way these guys can play for 20 minutes defense like this,’ but they did.”
The Tar Heels played their asses off despite being visibly hobbled. Carolina center Armando Bacot played on the bad ankle he suffered in Saturday’s national semifinal then reinjured it late in the second half. Forward Brady Manek got thwacked in the countenance multiple times and reserve center Puff Johnson vomited on the court after getting hit in the abdomen.
It was literally blood, sweat and tears Monday night.
After KU guard Dejuan Harris caught an inbounds pass and inexplicably stepped out of bounds, Carolina sharpshooter Caleb Love had a chance to tie the contest with 4 seconds left. But his 3-pointer came up woefully short as time expired, setting off a massive celebration in Lawrence, Kansas. “We just locked in as a family, as a team, and that’s what we do,” McCormack explained.
“We overcome odds. We overcome adversity. We’re just built for this.”
Kansas City native Ochai Agbaji, a first team All-American, was named the Final Four’s ‘Most Outstanding Player.’
Coach Self improved his record to 4-0 against North Carolina in the NCAA tournament.
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