Jayhawks rally, rock North Carolina 72-69 to win NCAA title
APTOPIX NCAA North Carolina Kansas Basketball North Carolina guard R.J. Davis (4) shoots against Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) during the first half of a college basketball game in the finals of the Men's Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. The Jayhawks brought their fourth NCAA title back to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday thanks to a second-half flurry that erased a 16-point deficit and eventually overcame North Carolina 72-69 in an epic battle of power programs. North Carolina missed its final four shots, including Caleb Love’s desperation 3 at the buzzer. North Carolina grabbed an offensive rebound and got the ball to Armando Bacot under the bucket. Carolina was trying to join 1985 Villanova as only the second 8 seed to win March Madness.wftv.com
Jayhawks' Bill Self masterminds epic championship comeback
NCAA North Carolina Kansas Basketball Kansas head coach Bill Self cuts the net after their win against North Carolina in a college basketball game at the finals of the Men's Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. McCormack finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, dueling in the paint all night with ailing Carolina big man Armando Bacot. It's the fourth title for the Jayhawks and the second for Self, who claimed his first when another bunch of comeback kids rallied to beat Memphis in overtime in 2008. Caleb Love and Puff Johnson both missed tying 3-point tries, then North Carolina got one last chance when Dajuan Harris turned the ball over with 4.3 seconds to go. The comeback broke the record for the largest halftime deficit overcome in a championship game, set by Kentucky in 1998, when it rallied to beat Utah.wftv.com
Post play proved pivotal throughout Final Four
(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Brynn Anderson)NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — David McCormack's two late baskets in the paint to help Kansas surge past North Carolina during the NCAA championship game followed a Final Four trend. The way teams played in the post had a major influence on how the games turned out. McCormack scored the final four points of Monday night's national title game to finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds in Kansas' 72-69 triumph. The Jayhawks rolled to an 81-65 victory in which they led most of the second half by double digits. But McCormack asserted himself in the second half, when he had nine points and seven rebounds.wftv.com
Kansas rallies, beats North Carolina 72-69 to win NCAA title
APTOPIX NCAA North Carolina Kansas Basketball North Carolina guard R.J. Davis (4) shoots against Kansas forward Jalen Wilson (10) during the first half of a college basketball game in the finals of the Men's Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — (AP) — Kansas brought its fourth NCAA title back home Monday thanks to a second-half flurry that erased a 16-point deficit and eventually overcame North Carolina 72-69 in an epic battle of power programs. North Carolina missed its final four shots, including Caleb Love’s desperation 3 at the buzzer. After McCormick’s go-ahead bucket, Love’s shot got blocked but North Carolina got an offensive rebound and fed to Armando Bacot under the bucket. Carolina was trying to join 1985 Villanova as only the second 8 seed to win March Madness.wftv.com
Hobbled Bacot comes up short in Tar Heels' NCAA title push
NCAA North Carolina Kansas Basketball North Carolina forward Armando Bacot reacts during the second half of a college basketball game against Kansas in the finals of the Men's Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. In the end, battling both an ankle injury and Kansas’ physical David McCormack inside proved to be too much. Hobbled all night, the 6-foot-10 junior had a double-double by halftime of the national championship game but faded after the break as Kansas erased a big deficit. That was all before Bacot reinjured the ankle on a fall in the final minute and exited a final time, ending his night — and the Tar Heels’ remarkable postseason push -- one win short of a national championship. Bacot returned and gutted that game out, then assured anyone who would listen that he would be ready for the title tilt against Kansas.wftv.com
Jayhawks rally, rock North Carolina 72-69 to win NCAA title
Kansas finished off the biggest comeback in national championship history Monday night, getting a big game from David McCormack, crucial shots from Remy Martin and surviving a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Caleb Love at the buzzer for a 72-69 victory over North Carolina in the Superdome.
Kansas, North Carolina leaning on dynamic duos in title run
No one in the NCAA Tournament has yet. “I’ve always felt working inside/out is the way for successful offensive basketball and that’s the way we’re going to do it,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis. North Carolina and Kansas, the last teams standing, have numerous offensive options with multiple players who can put up 30 points any given night. But the winner of of Monday night's national championship game could come down to which team can slow the other's dynamic duo. He led Kansas with 18.9 points per game this season and has been a difference-maker through most of the NCAA Tournament, including a 21-point game against Villanova.wftv.com
Carolina crushes Saint Peter's dream, Duke next in Final 4
NCAA St Peters North Carolina Basketball North Carolina's Armando Bacot reacts during the first half of a college basketball game against St. Peter's in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA tournament, Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. Next Saturday in New Orleans will mark the first Final Four meeting — first NCAA Tournament meeting, in fact — between the Tobacco Road archrivals whose campuses are separated by 11 miles. While Coach K’s winding road to retirement has been a beauty to watch this March, nothing has captured more imaginations than the run put on by underdog Saint Peter’s. In its three tournament wins over Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue, Saint Peter’s had never trailed by more than six. KC Ndefo led Saint Peter's with 10 points.wftv.com
Carolina crushes Saint Peter's, will meet Duke in Final Four
The Tar Heels ended all hope of a March Madness miracle in the early going Sunday, getting 20 points and 22 rebounds from Armando Bacot in a wire-to-wire 69-49 runaway over 15th-seeded Saint Peter's. No. 8 seed Carolina (28-9) made its record 21st Final Four, and this one will be a scene like no other. Next Saturday in New Orleans, it's North Carolina vs. archrival Duke and its soon-to-be-retiring coach, Mike Krzyzewski.news.yahoo.com
A miracle or a trend? Saint Peter's a sign of parity in NCAA
NCAA St Peters Purdue Basketball Saint Peter's Doug Edert celebrates after Saint Peter's won a college basketball game against Purdue in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. 8 seed North Carolina on Sunday with a trip to New Orleans on the line, have joined Florida Gulf Coast and Oral Roberts as the third No. And while America is embracing the Saint Peter's story — who wouldn't love a 2,200-student commuter school on a busy street in Jersey City trying to put the screws to Tobacco Road? The Tar Heels are 8 1/2-point favorites against Saint Peter's, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Still, there's something magical about that number — “15” — perched next to the name “Saint Peter's” on the bracket.wftv.com
If the shoe fits: Love leads Carolina over UCLA into Elite 8
NCAA North Carolina UCLA Basketball North Carolina's Caleb Love reacts during the second half of a college basketball game against UCLA in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) (Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — (AP) — Turns out, the best explanation for the shooting spree Caleb Love put on for North Carolina was also the simplest. Reinvigorated by a change of sneakers at halftime, Love went crazy for the Tar Heels on Friday night. North Carolina is one win away from its 21st Final Four, which would improve on the record it already holds. Trailing 64-61 with 2 minutes left, the Tar Heels fed to Love, who missed again — this time on a pull-up 3 that would have tied it.wftv.com
Big brands and a big underdog in East at March Madness
3 Purdue meets Saint Peter's, which is trying to become the first 15 seed to advance to a regional final. One of these teams will emerge from the East for a trip to New Orleans and the Final Four. “We're always trying to prove ourselves as a program, as a basketball team.”But Saint Peter's will hardly be alone in that respect over the next three days in Philly. While Purdue has long envisioned a path here, Saint Peter's (21-11) has been on a different road. Meanwhile, Saint Peter's, coached by former Seton Hall guard Shaheen Holloway, has reeled off nine straight wins.wftv.com
Tar Heels survive ejection, big rally, beat '21 champ Baylor
All-ACC power forward Armando Bacot had 15 points and 16 rebounds for North Carolina. The Tar Heels won as No. Manek had just drained a 3-pointer that put the Tar Heels ahead 67-42. With Manek out, and Caleb Love fouling out soon after that, the Tar Heels had 10 turnovers as Baylor turned up the pressure and made a furious rally. North Carolina had one more shot, but Davis' 3-point try hit off the front of the rim.wftv.com
Tourneys give AP Top 25 teams last shot to impact NCAA seeds
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome)With Selection Sunday just days away, AP Top 25 teams in major conferences are down to their final days to impact their landing spots in the NCAA Tournament. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament with No. BIG TENThe tournament's top seed is the conference's third team among AP Top 25 teams in No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament as it enters Las Vegas. 1 NCAA seed on BracketMatrix's projection Monday night, while Kentucky was a 2-seed and the Volunteers were a 3.wftv.com
Bubbling up: Tar Heels boost NCAA hopes with key Quad 1 win
The Quadrant 4 loss, North Carolina's first in 18 games against teams from Quads 2-4, surely doomed its NCAA Tournament chances. Finally, after seven tries, a Quad 1 win that put the Tar Heels right back on the NCAA Tournament bubble. “There have been times as I’ve said before that they’ve been knocked down, they’ve been scarred,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said. “We’ve done a good job this year of bouncing back,” North Carolina leading scorer and rebounder Armando Bacot said. They'll need a strong finish if we're going to see Sister Jean back in the NCAA Tournament.wftv.com
Wisconsin routs UNC, Williams falls to 29-1 in NCAA openers
– North Carolina coach Roy Williams lost his first opening-round NCAA Tournament game in 30 tries as ninth-seeded Wisconsin blew out his eighth-seeded Tar Heels 85-62 on Friday night. “I thought (Wisconsin) played very well and Roy Williams didn’t coach very well,” Williams said. Brad Davison scored 29 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 21 points for Wisconsin. “Obviously, our league has been phenomenal and it was such a grind to go through, specifically the schedule we had down the stretch,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. North Carolina never won more than three straight games all season.
Tar Heels sorry for breaching COVID-19 protocols
(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)North Carolina players apologized Tuesday for not following school and athletic department COVID-19 guidelines during a celebratory gathering after a win at rival Duke. “Our intention was to celebrate privately within our group,” the players and managers said in a statement released by the school. “But they realize they did make a mistake, for which they are paying a very significant price,” Williams said. The Tar Heels (12-6, 7-4 ACC), who have won seven of nine, are scheduled to visit ninth-ranked Virginia on Saturday. “We have worked too hard for eight months doing the right things to make those kinds of mistakes at this point in the season,” the players and managers said.
The Latest: Memphis women's basketball cancels another game
Notre Dame forward Juwan Durham (11) drives to the basket against North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) and guard Leaky Black (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Memphis women’s basketball game against USF scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. It's the sixth game this season the team has been affected by health and safety concerns. ___The men's basketball game between Notre Dame and Howard scheduled for Monday has been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns in the Howard program. “This was a tremendous opportunity to bring national exposure to our basketball team and the university.
No. 22 Tar Heels top Kentucky for Wildcats' 5th loss in row
North Carolina won 75-63. 22 North Carolina from a double-digit deficit to beat Kentucky 75-63 at the CBS Sports Classic. BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: The Tar Heels are 0-2 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, losing 69-67 to No. ... North Carolina has completed its nonleague schedule and will play its next 20 games in the Atlantic Coast Conference. UP NEXTNorth Carolina: Plays at North Carolina State in its ACC opener Dec. 22.