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KU Jayhawks Overcome NC State in NCAA Championship Victory

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Bradley DiTeresi is a Kansas City professional who has pursued a variety of real estate ventures in international locales. An avid college basketball fan, Bradley DiTeresi follows the University of Kansas (KU) team. In 2022, the Jayhawks had a remarkable run in the NCAA March Madness tournament that culminated in a championship.

The key to victory against teams such as Providence, Texas Southern, and Miami was explosive mid- or late-game surges that put otherwise close games out of reach. The Jayhawks matchup against the North Carolina Tar Heels was no exception, as the game remained neck-and-neck throughout the first half. Kansas was at a 15-point deficit early in the second quarter, and the score was virtually even (at 63-61 in the Jayhawks’ favor) going into halftime.

As the third quarter commenced, Jalen Wilson caught fire and tenacious defender Leaky Black picked up a fourth foul, allowing the Jayhawks’ Ochai Agbaji to break free. As fatigue took hold of the Tar Heels, Kansas went on a 31-10 streak that appeared to take the game out of reach. A late fourth-quarter surge by the Tar Heels negated much of the lead, but KU held on for a 72-69 win.

In achieving this hard-fought victory, the KU Jayhawks earned their fourth NCAA title and first since 2008. The win also validated the prowess of a team that, despite a stellar record and a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, was only ranked fourth in the last AP regular-season poll.