Kansas mounts big comeback, wins 2022 NCAA Championship over North Carolina, 72-69
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kansas brought its fourth NCAA title back home Monday thanks to a second-half flurry that erased a 16-point deficit and eventually overcame North Carolina 72-69 in an epic battle of power programs. North Carolina missed its final four shots, including Caleb Love’s desperation 3 at the buzzer. After McCormick’s go-ahead bucket, Love’s shot got blocked but North Carolina got an offensive rebound and fed to Armando Bacot under the bucket. Bacot had 15 points and 15 rebounds to become the first player to record double-doubles in all six tournament games. How to buy Kansas Jayhawks championship gearBy Eddie Pellsmlive.com
Jayhawks rally, rock North Carolina 72-69 to win NCAA title
Kansas finished off the biggest comeback in national championship history Monday night, getting a big game from David McCormack, crucial shots from Remy Martin and surviving a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Caleb Love at the buzzer for a 72-69 victory over North Carolina in the Superdome.
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The 2022 NCAA Tournament certainly hasn’t disappointed, and hopefully we get one more thriller with North Carolina vs Kansas. Let’s not overreact to Kansas’ win over a banged-up Villanova team. North Carolina will have their best defender, Leaky Black, guarding Ochai Agbaji, which will free things up for Braun. Villanova was undersized, but North Carolina has Armando Bacot to defend him in the paint. MORE SPORTS BETTING STORIESNCAA championship game: Predictions, how to bet North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Kansas JayhawksDetroit Tigers 2022 MLB season: Futures odds and predictionsMarch Madness promo code: FanDuel bonus worth $150 instantly for the championship gamemlive.com
Kansas cruises to 81-65 win over Villanova in Final Four
The last three times the Jayhawks and Wildcats have met in the tournament, the winner has gone on to win it all. Playing without injured guard Justin Moore, Villanova (31-7) watched as Kansas scored the game’s first 10 points and eventually built a 19-point cushion. The Jayhawks’ lead soon stretched to 15 midway through the first half before Jay Wright finally called timeout. “This is legit revenge for 2018,” tweeted the Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson, who had a big role for Villanova that night. McCormack finally made them pay for going small with a rim-rattling dunk that gave Kansas control again with 10:25 to play.mlive.com
March Madness 2022: Elite 8 predictions for Sunday of the NCAA Tournament
North Carolina -8.5 over Saint Peter’sHas Saint Peter’s been a great story? The Peacocks have now beaten Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue, but the matchup against North Carolina will be much tougher. None of those teams plays at the fast pace that UNC does, and Saint Peter’s will struggle to keep up with the speed of the Tar Heels. It’s hard not to want to root for Doug Edert, but North Carolina is the side to take. Since February, North Carolina has a straight up record of 6-1 against teams ranked inside the top 100 defensively by KenPom.mlive.com
Agbaji helps No. 5 Kansas beat Texas Tech 94-91 in 2OT
Ochai Agbaji scored a career-high 37 points to help No. 5 Kansas avenge its only conference loss of the season with a 94-91 double overtime win over No. 13 Texas Tech. Agbaji outdueled Bryson Williams, who poured in 33 points for Tech. Kansas led by one in the second overtime when Williams banked in a 3-pointer.
Coronavirus doesn't care that it's the NCAA Tournament
The Indiana Farmers Coliseum scoreboard goes dark after a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game between Iowa and Grand Canyon Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)If you didn’t pay attention to college basketball until the NCAA Tournament, the good news is you didn’t miss much. The loss marked the second time in the Cavaliers’ last three NCAA Tournament appearances — this time as a No. “He kind of got his legs under him and he was really, really good in the second half,” Self said afterward. “I mean really, really good.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and updated bracket: https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-mens-bracket
McCormack helps No. 3 seed KU survive E Washington, 93-84
3 seed Kansas. 14 seed Eastern Washington 93-84 on Saturday to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Compounding problems for Kansas: Garrett, one of the nation's best defenders, picked up his third foul before the break. AdThey finally did midway through the second half. But the Eagles' defense let them down in the second half, when Kansas began getting open looks and knocking them down.
Stuck in quarantine, Virginia has spot in tournament waiting
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Virginia has a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Virginia was forced to withdraw from the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals Friday because a person with the team tested positive for COVID-19. “It’s certainly a unique way to prepare for the NCAA Tournament. There are replacement teams waiting if Virginia, or any team, needs to pull out of the tournament. Bennett is hopeful Virginia will take the court as scheduled, 7:15 p.m. Eastern on Saturday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.
No. 11 Kansas withdraws from Big 12 tourney due to COVID-19
Kansas head coach Bill Self watches player introductions before an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 men's tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 11, 2021. – Kansas withdrew from the Big 12 Tournament on Friday after a positive COVID-19 test within the men's basketball program, becoming the third major team to have its conference postseason come to an end beceause of the coronavirus. “Obviously we are disappointed and our players are disappointed that they can't continue to compete for the Big 12 championship,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said in a statement. It remained to be seen whether the Longhorns will return a positive test before the Big 12 title game. On Thursday, perennial power Duke pulled out of the ACC Tournament after a pair of wins because of a positive test.
The Latest: Kansas withdraws from Big 12 men's tourney
Kansas head coach Bill Self watches player introductions before an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 men's tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Kansas withdrew from the Big 12 Tournament on Friday after a positive COVID-19 test within the men’s basketball program, sending No. Kansas had gone the entire season without an outbreak that caused it to cancel or postpone a game. Ad___The Minnesota Twins are the latest Major League Baseball team to receive government approval for fans to return to their games this season. Only a limited amount of family members of players and staff have been able to attend those games this season.
Pons scores 17 as No. 18 Tennessee beats No. 15 Kansas 80-61
18 Tennessee never trailed Saturday in beating 15th-ranked Kansas 80-61 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. This was just Tennessee's second win all-time against Kansas in six games. David McCormack led the Jayhawks with 17 points, Marcus Garrett added 15 and Jalen Wilson had 10. Kansas shot only 7 of 26 through the first 20 minutes and kept from being blown out by hitting 11 of 12 at the free throw line. Tennessee: The Vols have proven they can play stingy defense, and they dominated on the boards 38-23, scoring 14 second-chance points.
Cunningham scores 18; Oklahoma St. tops No. 6 Kansas 75-70
Cade Cunningham scored 18 points, and the Cowboys held off a late rally to beat No. “This is what the process looks like,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. It was the fifth time in the past eight tries that Oklahoma State has beaten the Jayhawks at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Garrett missed a 3-pointer, and Oklahoma State got the ball in a scramble and called timeout with 17.8 seconds left. Oklahoma State hosts rival Oklahoma on Saturday.
Wall Street's beleaguered bond traders relive their glory days with a breakout quarter
Wall Street firms just posted the biggest surge to bond-trading revenue in years, helping several banks break records for annual profit but don't expect the party to last. Morgan Stanley said earlier Thursday that its fixed income division a chronic underperformer a few years ago posted a 126% surge in fourth-quarter revenue to $1.27 billion. At J.P. Morgan Chase, bond trading revenue rose 86% to $3.4 billion, exceeding estimates by $800 million. In late 2018, spikes in volatility across asset classes caused institutional clients to stay on the sidelines, and even mighty J.P. Morgan posted its worst bond-trading results in a decade. "It was a good year for fixed income traders off the back of some very challenging years," said David McCormack, head of recruitment firm DMC Partners.cnbc.com