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N.C.A.A. Men’s Championship Live

The Jayhawks trailed by 15 points at halftime, but they erased their deficit and took the lead within 10 minutes and held off North Carolina, 72-69, on Monday in New Orleans.


NEW ORLEANS — Kansas, ranked No. 1 in the country and rolling into the middle of March, had its national championship hopes dashed two years ago by an unbeatable foe — the pandemic


The perpetually snakebit Jayhawks, who have a lengthy history of N.C.A.A. tournament disappointments, put those regrets behind them on Monday night,


rallying from a 16-point deficit to turn back North Carolina, 72-69, before a crowd of about 70,000 at the Superdome.


A terrible blow for UNC to lose Bacot in this critical point of the game, and he’d been playing well on the ankle. He’s not in after that timeout.


Kansas leads 72-69 and is 4.2 seconds from the program’s 4th N.C.A.A. championship and first since 2008. Bill Self would join Jay Wright among active head coaches with 2 N.C.A.A. titles.


Looks like Bacot slipped and rolled his injured ankle again. He hobbled down the court and then over to the UNC bench.


Either the A.C.C. will win its ninth N.C.A.A. championship since 2000, or the Big 12 its third. The Big Ten hasn’t won since 2000, and the Pac-12 since 1997


Two UNC players have double-doubles: Armando Bacot, with 13 and 12 boards, and and R.J. Davis, with 15 and 10. For Kansas, Christian Braun has a double-double with 12 and 12.


Kansas has just taken a 56-50 lead over North Carolina. There probably isn’t a single person sitting in the building, but the image of Kansas fans pumping their fists and waving their arms as UNC’s


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