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Jayhawks react to historic national championship comeback

Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 5:35 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - That fiery, animated, perhaps profane halftime speech you expected from Bill Self as Kansas trailed North Carolina in Monday’s national championship game? It didn’t happen. Self said he didn’t say much to the Jayhawks before they went out for the second half.

KU had apparently already gotten the message. The Jayhawks completed the largest comeback in championship game history, rallying from a 16-point first-half deficit to defeat UNC 72-69 at the Superdome in New Orleans to capture their fourth national championship and first since 2008. Hall of Fame coach Bill Self secured his second title in 19 seasons with KU.

Now, the top seed in the Midwest region is the top team in the country. The Jayhawks did it behind All-American Ochai Agbaji, named the tournament’s most outstanding player after scoring 12 points Monday. KU big man David McCormack made his own case for the award, dominating the Final Four and notching 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Tar Heels.

“This is amazing,” Agbaji said. “It’s everything we’ve wanted and we’ve worked for. We knew we would be here.”

McCormack was still allowing his emotions to sink in as he spoke on the court after Monday’s game.

“I can’t even put it into words what this means,” McCormack said. “We did it. We won a national championship. Rock chalk, baby.”

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