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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.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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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