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NCAA Former Illinois coach steers Kansas to championship win over UNC
2022-04-05

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In New Orleans on April 4, the Kansas Jayhawks (34-6) overcome a 16-point first-half deficit to beat North Carolina (29-10) 72-69 for the program's fourth national basketball title—and first since 2008.

The 16-point deficit was the largest ever overcome to win a championship, surpassing the previous record of 15 points set by Loyola Chicago against Cincinnati in 1963, according to ESPN.

Kansas coach Bill Self (who coached the University of Illinois during 2000-03 before leaving for Kansas) said he asked his team one question at the final timeout before halftime: "Which would be harder, being down nine with two minutes left or being down 15 with 20?" It was a reference to the team's last national championship run, when the Jayhawks came back from nine points down with 2:12 left to beat Memphis in 2008.

Kansas' Ochai Agbaji, who scored 12 points in the game, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.


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