Jayhawks Top Tar Heels for College Basketball Crown

Kansas beat the North Carolina 72-61 in the final game of the March Madness college basketball tournament on Monday, April 4, 2022. Going into the contest, Kansas was the no. 1 seed in the Midwest while UNC was the no. 8 seed in the East, tying them for the lowest-seeded team to reach the finals since seeding was introduced in the late 1970s. It was the Jayhawk’s fourth title and head coach Bill Self’s second at KU.

North Carolina led the first half with a pretty big lead of 40-25, but in the second half, Kansas scored 47 points and held North Carolina only to score 29. The three leading scorers for Kansas are David McCormack and Jalen Wilson with 15 and Remy Martin following up with 14 of his own. North Carolina’s leading scorers for the game were Armando Bacot and RJ Davis, each with 15 points, and Brady Manek and Caleb Love tied with 13 points apiece.

Before the tournament, UNC had made it to the Final Four 21 times and had previously won the championship six times, with their most recent one being in 2017. Kansas had been a runner-up six times.