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Ochai Agbaji Named Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Michigan State

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player after the Jayhawks defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels in the national championship game.

Agbaji, a consensus All-American, had 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting in the contest, and he was one of five Jayhawks in double figures.

He had 21 points in the national semifinal game against Villanova, including six 3-pointers. Agbaji started Monday’s game with a 3-pointer but had to overcome tough defense in order to put up his 12 points.

 

Agbaji was the Big 12 Player of the Year and an All-Big 12 First Team selection as the Jayhawks shared the Big 12 regular-season title with Baylor. The Jayhawks when won the Big 12 Tournament, which spring-boarded them into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed.

He was part of the biggest comeback in NCAA championship game history.

Kansas fell behind by as many as 16 points in the first half and was down by 15 points at halftime. The largest halftime comeback in title game history was 10 points, and the largest rally from any deficit was by Loyola Chicago, which came back from 15 points to win the 1963 title.

Along with Agbaji, David McCormack and Jalen Wilson each had 15 points, Remy Martin had 14 points off the bench, while Christian Braun also had 12 points. Braun also had 12 rebounds, while McCormack had 10 rebounds.

 

The All-Tournament team included Agbaji, Armando Bacot (UNC) Paolo Banchero (Duke) Caleb Love (UNC) and David McCormack (Kansas).

Kansas won its sixth national championship on Monday. Two of those titles came in the pre-NCAA era when the Jayhawks won the 1922 and 1923 Helms titles. The other three titles came in the NCAA Tournament era, with the Jayhawks winning in 1952, 1988 and 2008.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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