NCAAB - US Sports: Kansas claim championship with stunning comeback
Kansas claimed a 72-69 win over North Carolina in the NCAA Championship Game on Monday as they completed a sensational comeback victory.
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Early gains wiped out
The Jayhawks opened up an early 7-0 lead but North Carolina responded and led by 16 points at one stage in the first half, with the Tar Heels 15 ahead at half time.
Kansas then produced the biggest comeback in the history of the Championship Game to become national champions thanks in part to some huge second half performances from David McCormack and Ochai Agbaji, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
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Second crown for Self
Kansas coach Bill Self secured his second championship, having led the Jayhawks to the title in 2008, and he was delighted with the fight his players showed to force their way back into the game and see out the win.
"I think we're probably all a little overwhelmed and spent," said Self, via the Kansas City Star.
"I don't know that I've ever had a team flip the script like we have probably in the NCAA Tournament, whether it be [coming back from six points behind at half time to beat] Miami in the Elite Eight or whether it be this game."
He added: "It would be special to win regardless. But to win when your team had to fight, and come back the way they did and show that much grit, makes this one off the charts.
"I thought this would be good. And this is a heck of a lot better than I thought it would be."
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