Kansas Beats North Carolina to Win NCAA Basketball Championship with Biggest Comeback in Title Game History

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Final Four: Kansas posts largest comeback in national championship game history to beat North Carolina
Nick Bromberg
Nick Bromberg
Mon, April 4, 2022, 8:41 PM·6 min read
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Kansas pulled off the biggest comeback in men’s national championship game history to beat North Carolina, 72-69, and win the 2022 NCAA tournament.

The Jayhawks were down by 15 at halftime and trailed at 16 at one point in the first half. The 16-point deficit breaks a record held by Loyola Chicago after the Ramblers came back from a 15-point deficit to win the national title. And until Monday night, the biggest halftime deficit ever turned around in a national title game was 10 when Kentucky came back to beat Utah.

David McCormack’s basket with 22 seconds left put the Jayhawks up by three after North Carolina’s Armando Bacot turned his right ankle and had to limp off the court with less than a minute left. Bacot injured that ankle Saturday against Duke.

The Tar Heels couldn’t get a good look on the possession after McCormack’s basket before the ball went out of bounds with under five seconds to go. But Kansas’ DaJuan Harris accidentally stepped out of bounds while receiving the ensuing inbound pass and gave North Carolina another shot to send the game to overtime with 4.3 seconds to go.

That shot to tie didn’t hit the rim. Caleb Love was smothered on the inbounds pass while 3-point threat Brady Manek stumbled as the inbounds play unfolded. Love was forced to shoot an off-balance guarded three that didn’t hit anything.

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