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Joel Embiid and Other NBA Players React to Jayhawks Pulling Off the Largest Comeback in Championship History

Published 04/05/2022, 3:50 AM EDT

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The March Madness tournament came to a glorious end on Monday. The Kansas Jayhawks pulled off the largest comeback in NCAA championship history to claim their fourth title. And Joel Embiid, Damian Lillard, and other NBA players reacted to the massive comeback.

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The Jayhawks were the favorites coming into the match, but they were down by 15 at the half. Then they went on a 47-29 run in the second half to pull the greatest comeback in NCAA tournament history.


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North Carolina ran out of gas by the end and was shellshocked by the comeback. And the NBA world reacted to this massive victory by the Jayhawks. 

Joel Embiid, Damian Lillard, and other NBA players react to Jayhawks pulling up a massive comeback

NBA players reacted to this massive comeback by Kansas. Here are some of the best reactions:

How did the Jayhawks pull off the biggest comeback in NCAA championship history?

The Jayhawks were down by 15 at the half and they trailed by as much as 16 at one point. This comeback breaks a record that was previously held by Loyola Chicago. The biggest halftime deficit was 10 when Kentucky came back to beat Utah.


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David McCormack put Kansas up by 3 with 22 seconds left. And this happened after Armando Bacot twisted his right ankle and had to leave the court limping. This was a recurring of a previous injury that happened on Saturday against Duke.

The game had a wild ending as UNC couldn’t get a good look after McCormack’s basket. And with 5 seconds to go, DaJuan Harris stepped out of bounds, which gave UNC one last chance to tie the game. But they could not get a good look as Kansas smothered the inbound pass and their main threat, Brady Manek stumbled before the ball was inbounded. Love then shot an off-balance three which didn’t even hit the rim. The Kansas players rejoiced as they pulled the greatest comeback in NCAA Finals history.


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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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