Mith a furious second-half comeback against the University of North Carolina, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks captured the United States College Basketball Championship.
After falling 25:40 behind at the break, the Jayhawks turned the heat on New Orleans. With 40 seconds left in the game, David McCormack scored the final score for Kansas to take the score to 72: 69. North Carolina’s last four attacks have come to nothing. According to US media, there has never been a big comeback in a college championship final.
“I smiled at my teammates in the locker room at halftime and said, ‘Yo, we’re going to have fun now,’ McCormack said. They thought I was crazy.”
It was the fourth title for the Jayhawks. University of Kansas students ended a 14-year losing streak. North Carolina, former home of NBA global star Michael Jordan, failed to become the first team to win the championship for the eighth time.
Both universities rank among the nation’s premier college basketball programs in the United States. James Naismith, inventor of basketball, was the first coach at the University of Kansas.