68 Teams Enter, Only Kansas Exits

On Monday, April 4, Kansas beat UNC in a thriller of a game, with a 16 point comeback!


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Beginning in 1939, March Madness is a highly anticipated part many people’s years!

By Nathan Plunk, Copy Editor

March Madness ended in a spectacular fashion this week when Kansas beat the University of North Carolina. The game came down to the final seconds, when UNC’s Caleb Love lobbed up a three in hopes to tie, but ultimately missed.

UNC was hoping to make history, trying to be the second number eight seed to win March Madness, alongside 1985 Villanova. However, they may have made history in a more unfortunate way. The Tar Heels had an impressive 40-25 lead at half time, yet still ended up losing. Despite being ahead by 15 then, UNC actually held a 16 point lead during the game at one point. However, Kansas would end up battling back for a win, marking the largest comeback in NCAA Championship history.

Followers of the Tar Heels – or Baylor, like myself – might remember the game earlier this tournament that went into overtime. North Carolina held a 25 point second half lead that game, but ended up blowing it, forcing them to overtime. Regrouping, they went on to beat the Bears 93-86, but showed they had issues with late game stamina.

Kansas showed a dominant performance throughout the whole tournament, taking down Texas Southern, Creighton, Providence, Miami, and Villanova before beating UNC. The most impressive of these wins was probably their 81-65 victory over Villanova in the Final Four, and punching their ticket to the final… a game one won’t soon to forget.

Kansas shot a 43.9% on field goals, and a 35.3% on three-pointers, while UNC only shot 31.5% and 21.7% respectively. Despite the lower shooting percentages, they dominated rebounds, getting a total of 55, compared to Kansas’ 35. For Kansas, Forward David McCormick led the team in points with 15, shooting 7/15 for field goals, and 1/2 in free throws. For the Tar Heels, Armando Bacot led the team in points, with 15 as well. Only 3/13 for in field goals, he dominated the free point line with 9/13 shots made.

North Carolina was seeking their seventh March Madness win, with their last one being in 2017. Meanwhile, Kansas secured their fourth win, the last one being an overtime win versus Memphis, in 2008.