The Tar Heels lead Kansas, 40-25, after using a 16-0 run to power ahead. Armando Bacot already has a double-double for North Carolina, which is looking for its seventh title.
There appeared to be three teams competing in the national championship game’s first half: The North Carolina Tar Heels, the Kansas Jayhawks in the opening minutes of the game, and the Kansas Jayhawks in the closing minutes of the half.
Kansas opened the game with a quick 3-pointer from guard Ochai Agbaji and a jumper from David McCormack on the next possession to take a 5-0 lead over the Tar Heels.
Kansas keeps looking for the kill shot, but UNC keeps answering. Heels back ahead 69-68 with 1:41 remaining after a Manek layup. KU timeout.
NEW ORLEANS — Wow.
You’ll see why here.
Ballgame: Kansas 72-69
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