NEW ORLEANS – David McCormick and his Kansas teammates were trailing by 15 points at half time of the national championship game, but they were just smiling.
“They think I’m crazy,” McCormick said in a television interview.
He told his friends: “Just come out here, have fun and do what we were born to do.
Christian Brown didn’t have to buy it.
“He was looking at me, and I was like, ‘Why are you smiling, dude?'” He said after the game. “‘We’re under 15.’ He was telling me, like, keep your head up, keep going, we’ll all be fine. I was like, ‘Guys, I don’t know if I’ve ever been here today.’
McCormack went and scored 9 second-half points, including the last 4 of the Jayhawks’ game, as Kansas overcame a 16-point deficit to defeat North Carolina, 72-69, in the Superdome on Monday night winning the NCAA title. for the. McCormack, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward, finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds while he already has 6 points and 3 rebounds.
The Kansas program completed the biggest comeback in championship-game history to capture the fourth NCAA championship, the first since 2008 and second under coach Bill Self.
“We overcome our problems, we overcome adversities, we make up for it,” McCormick said in a television interview.
Kansas probably would not have won the title without McCormick after the paint in the paint.
With North Carolina leading 69-68, another chance at McCormick Lane scored on the Flyers to give the Jayhawks a 70-69 lead.
After a North Carolina turnover, McCormick grabbed a post feed from Jalen Wilson and made a turnaround jumper over two Tar Heel defenders in the lane to give Kansas the lead with 22 seconds to go.
“The game is on the line,” McCormack said. “You get adrenaline pumping, you have a desire you are going to get. Push the rebound with two hands. The coach talks about keeping the ball high and going to the right. It was passing through my mind. Here I am, working on touch shots every day.
When North Carolina guard Kaleb Love missed a 3-point effort in the final seconds, Jayhawks and their fans began to celebrate. The noise level in the dome exploded as the confetti began to rain.
“We had some really good stuff of late, we posted the CB twice and everyone contributed, everyone played well, but when we had the basket, we went to the big dave and he delivered,” said himself in a television interview. Said in
It was the third straight NCAA Tournament game in which McCormack scored in the double digits. He went for 15 points and 4 rebounds in the Round of 8 against Miami in Chicago, and then dominated Villanova’s front court in New Orleans on Saturday with a score of 25 points and 9 rebounds in the national semifinal.
McCormick was included in the All-Tournament Team Love, Duke’s Paolo Benchwood, North Carolina’s Armando Bacott and his heightened Agbaji, his Kansas team-mate, who were also named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four on Monday. After finishing with points and 3 rebounds. General Chat Chat Lounge
Entering the game, the battle between McCormack and the 6-foot-9 Bacot was a critical piece to the game.
Bacott injured his right ankle in the national semifinal against Duke on Saturday and looked to go down happily early Monday, but he played a brilliant game in the double-double, with 15 points and 15 rebounds, a single-season record. Break up With his 31st season. That was an important factor as the Tar Heels took a 40-25 half-time lead.
But the Buccaneas managed just 3 points and 5 rebounds in the second half and made the most of his knee injury after being out late.
“I mean, the last 24 hours, maybe 15 of them were that I was just trying to improve my neck,” said Boycott, adding that Doug Halvorson, the following athletic trainer, and his staff “did this for me. Did a great job of preparing. Moments. “
He continued: “Before the game I couldn’t really jump. And then that’s why I went back. We just keep trying to break it down. They did not give up. Luckily, I was able to play 38 minutes.
In the end, McCormack defeated Bacot and celebrated with a championship.