The Kansas Jayhawks won the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship thanks to a historic rally to defeat North Carolina 72-69 back in April.
The game, given its magnitude and the manner with which Kansas came back, has been nominated for an ESPY under the “Best Game” category.
The game was wildly entertaining in the second half, as the Jayhawks mounted the largest comeback in championship history, erasing a 16-point deficit to win. KU was down 15 at halftime, by a score of 40-25, but came out on a scorching run to start the second half, outscoring the Tar Heels, 20-6, in the first eight minutes to cut North Carolina’s lead to 46-45.
That basically reset the game for a home stretch against the final two teams standing in March Madness.
Five players were in double figures for Kansas — David McCormack and Jalen Wilson each had 15 points, Remy Martin had 14 points, while Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji each had 12 points. Braun also had 12 rebounds, while McCormack had 10 rebounds.
RJ Davis and Armando Bacot each had 15 points for North Carolina, while Brady Manek and Caleb Love had 13 points each, and Puff Johnson added 11. Bacot had 15 rebounds, Manek had 13 rebounds and Davis had 12 rebounds.
In the end, KU emerged victorious and won their first national championship in 14 years, giving Jayhawk nation a night to remember forever.
The 2022 ESPY’s are set to air live on July 20 at 7:00 P.M. CT on ABC and will be hosted by NBA Finals MVP Steph Curry.