The Kansas Jayhawks won the 2022 national championship on Monday night and they couldn’t wait to celebrate with their head coach in the locker room in New Orleans.
Bill Self walked into the locker room after the post-game festivities on Monday and had his own water bottle in his hand. One of his assistants had two water bottles and all of his players had water bottles. After a second or two of Self trying to get everyone to calm down, chaos ensued.
The Kansas social media team captures the celebration.
Kansas defeated North Carolina, 72-69, to win its fourth NCAA national championship, and its second under Self, who lost his father two months ago at the age of 82.
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.
For Kansas, David McCormack and Jalen Wilson each had 15 points, Remy Martin had 14 points off the bench, while Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji had 12 points each. Braun also had 12 rebounds, while McCormack had 10 rebounds.
Braun and McCormack were two of five players that had double-doubles in the game. North Carolina’s Armando Bacot, Brady Manek and RJ Davis also had double-doubles.
Kansas is the second straight Big 12 team to win the national title. Baylor won its first national title in 2021. Texas Tech reached the national championship game in 2019, and Kansas was in the Final Four in 2018. That means the Big 12 has had representation and the last four Final Fours.
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