The Kansas University varsity basketball team has won the NCAA US championship for the fourth time, ending a 14-year losing streak.
Cabin party: The Jayhawks celebrate after the triumph of New Orleans.
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The favored Jayhakws defeated the University of North Carolina’s Tar Heels 72-69 in the final for the title on Monday evening (local time) in New Orleans. Kansas caught up 15 points behind in the second half. According to US media, there has never been a major comeback in a college championship final.
David McCormack made it 72-69 for Kansas with 40 seconds remaining. North Carolina’s last four attacks have come to nothing.
“Yo, we’re gonna have a lot of fun now”
“I grinned at my team-mates in the dressing room at half-time and said to them, ‘Yo, we’re going to have a lot of fun now,'” McCormack said. “They thought I was completely insane.” It was the fourth title for the Jayhawks. North Carolina, former college of NBA world star Michael Jordan, failed to become the first team to win the championship for the eighth time.
Both universities rank among the nation’s most important college basketball programs in the United States. James Naismith, inventor of basketball, was the first coach at Kansas University. For the college based in Lawrence, Kansas, it is the first championship since 2008.