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2022 Kansas vs. UNC NCAA Tournament Championship game preview

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Kansas Jayhawks and the North Carolina Tar Heels will do battle in the final game of the 2021-22 college basketball season. The Jayhawks and the Tar Heels will compete to be the champion. 

The Midwest Champions, the Jayhawks, come into the contest with a 33-6 record. The East Regional Champions, the Tar Heels, have a 29-9 record. 

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love makes a gut-wrenching shot to put the Tar Heels up against the Duke Blue Devils in the Final Four
Caleb Love makes a gut-wrenching shot to put the Tar Heels up late against the Duke Blue Devils in the Final Four (Photo by the North Carolina Tar Heels Athletic Department)

The game will start at 9:20 pm EST from Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The game will be broadcasted on TBS. 

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According to SportsBettingDime.com, the odds are favoring Kansas by four points. They believe that the total score for the game will be 152. 

However, there is a major discrepancy in the Kansas vs. North Carolina betting splits as the public has put a full 73% of its money on over the 152 points. If you’re planning on investing some money, first take a look at Caesars Sportsbook promotions, as they are offering a very juicy bonus for new customers. 

Both teams have been coached by former head coach Roy Williams. The Hall of Famer, who retired last year, was replaced by Bill Self in 2003 and then by Hubert Davis in 2021. 

North Carolina is playing in its third National Championship game in the last six seasons. The Tar Heels are 6-5 in the title games. However, in New Orleans, where the game is being held, they are a perfect 2-0. 

Kansas is 3-6 all-time in the National Championship game. 

North Carolina leads the all-time series between the two teams. The Tar Heels have a 6-5 record against the Jayhawks. 

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The two teams have not played each other in nearly a decade. In the last meeting, which came in the Men’s Basketball Tournament in Kansas City, the Jayhawks won 70-58 on March 24th, 2013. 

The two teams played in the 1957 National Championship game. They also played in the 1991, 1993, and 2008 national semifinals. 

Jayhawks head coach Bill Self is 4-1 against North Carolina. He is 3-0 against the Tar Heels in the NCAA Tournament. 

Davis is appearing in the National Championship game in his first season. He is just the fifth coach ever to accomplish this feat, joining Kansas’ Dick Harp in 1957, Indiana State’s Bill Hodges in 1979, UCLA’s Larry Brown in 1980, and Michigan’s Steve Fisher in 1989. 

The Tar Heels are averaging 78.1 points per game. They are holding teams to 71.3 points per contest. 

Armando Bacot is leading the Tar Heels with 16.3 points per game. He is also averaging 13.1 rebounds per game. 

Bacot, who suffered an ankle injury against the Duke Blue Devils, is expected to play. 

Caleb Love, who is averaging 16 points per game, has turned up his game in the NCAA Tournament. Three of his biggest performances of the season have come in the tournament. 

He had 28 points against the Blue Devils to help the Tar Heels advance to the National Championship. 

The Jayhawks are averaging 78.4 points per game. Their defensive unit is giving up 67.2 points per game. 

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Kansas has won their last 10 games. 

Ochai Agbaji is leading the team in scoring with 18.95 points per game. 

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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