A title three years in the making

KU's history-making comeback victory to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament title game carries special significance for the players denied a shot at glory when the 2020 tourney was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 7, 2022 - 12:58 PM

Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson celebrate after North Carolina turned the ball over late in the game. Kansas turned over the subsequent possession, but the Tar Heels missed a three-pointer to tie, giving Kansas the national title on Monday night in New Orleans. Photo by Rich Sugg / Kansas City Star / TNS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Great Kansas Comeback, as it will forever be known in the history books, is about more than just one stifling, scintillating 20-minute stretch of Jayhawks basketball.

The championship KU captured Monday night traced its roots back to 2020, when the Jayhawks were a team that looked very much on track for the program’s fourth national title.

Instead, it was KU’s come-from-behind 72-69 victory over North Carolina on Monday that brought that fourth championship banner back to Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks insisted they’d share it with the 2020 team, too.

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