NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: ‘One Shining Moment’ and social media react to historic Kansas comeback win over UNC

NEW ORLEANS – Well, folks, we made it.

Countless upsets and busted brackets later, the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is over.

It’s officially “One Shining Moment” time for the Kansas Jayhawks who beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 72-69 in Monday’s national championship game in New Orleans.

The Jayhawks scored the first seven points of the game before the Heels took off. In six minutes to end the first half, UNC had 16 unanswered points. It was only the third time this season Kansas had fallen behind by double digits. UNC’s Armando Bacot, who came into the game with an injured ankle, refused to be deterred. He had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.

The second half? It was a whole different story as Kansas came back with a vengeance. The Jayhawks, trailing 15 at halftime, led a 31-10 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half. David McCormack won the Kansas clutch with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

UNC’s Bacot finished the night with 15 points and 15 rebounds before re-injuring his ankle in the final minute while attempting what would have been a potentially game-winning layup attempt. He could not return to the game.

KU’s comeback win puts them in rare (read: non-existent) company. Kansas is the first team in Final Four history to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit to win the title game. According to ESPN Stats & Information data, teams down more than 15 points at halftime are now 9-452 (.980) in NCAA Tournament history.

Here’s how social media celebrated – and lamented – the outcome of the Battle of the Blue Bloods:

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