The NCAA men's basketball championship will be decided tonight as North Carolina Takes on Kansas in the tournament final. A recap of Saturday's semifinals provides a taste of what's coming in the final.
Kansas Dominates vs. Villanova
In the first game of Saturday's Final Four, Kansas led from start to finish and never looked back after starting the game with a 10-0 run in their victory over Villanova in the national semifinal. However, without Justin Moore in the lineup for the Wildcats, they didn't have a scoring threat that could spread the floor against Kansas' tough low-post defense.
The 33-6 Jayhawks rained down three-pointers for the entire game, making 13 of 24 from long range and outscoring Villanova by 16 points in the paint. The Wildcats cut the lead to just six points late in the second half, but Kansas kept hitting shots from deep. Christian Braun then put the game out of reach when he hit a three with just under three minutes left to give Kansas a 75-59 lead.
David McCormack was 10 for 12 from the field and scored 25 points to lead all scorers for the Jayhawks. Ochai Agbaji was 6 of 7 from three-point range and followed up with 21 points. Sophomore Jalen Wilson had a solid game, contributing 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Kansas.
Tar Heels Hand Coach K His Final Loss
The Hall-of-Fame career of legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski ended on Saturday night as North Carolina was victorious in their Four Four matchup 81-77. This game was back and forth throughout, with neither team leading by more than seven points. Caleb Love put the game away for the Tar Heels, hitting a three-pointer and making two clutch free throws with eight seconds left to give his team the victory.
Duke scored the first four points to start the second half, giving them their largest lead of the game of seven points. North Carolina responded by shooting 50% after halftime and made seven of 13 three-point attempts in the second half, with the biggest being Love's three with 24.8 seconds left in the game, putting the Tar Heels up by four points.
Love played all 40 minutes and was the game's leading scorer with 28 points. R.J. Davis followed with 18 points and seven rebounds, and Armando Bacot added 11 points and again dominated on the boards with 21 rebounds for North Carolina. Duke freshman Paolo Banchero led Duke with 20 points in the loss.
Kansas vs. North Carolina For NCAA Championship
The first time Kansas met North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament was in 1957. It resulted in the only triple-overtime finals game in its history, with the Tar Heels getting a 54-53 victory. Tonight, they will meet for the seventh time in the tournament, with Kansas having four victories and three straight wins over Carolina.
Tar Heels coach Hubert Davis is the fifth head coach to lead a team to the NCAA finals in their first season as his team looks for its third championship since 2010. He has a chance to join Steve Fisher of the 1989 Michigan Wolverines as the only other coach to win a title in their first year as coach.
This will be a battle to the end as the Tar Heels will continue their hot shooting to take the close victory.