Kansas uses its historic rally to claim a fourth men's NCAA basketball title

The Kansas Jayhawks rallied behind the greatest comeback in national championship history Monday over the University of North Carolina to claim the men's NCAA Championship.

The last standing one-seed Jayhawks trailed by 15 at halftime to rally for a 72-69 victory over the Tar Heels in a tight game between two historic programs. It was the fourth NCAA title for the Kansas men's team

It was the largest comeback in national championship history, surpassing the 1963 title game when Loyola overcame a 15-point deficit to beat Cincinnati at the buzzer, 60-58.

"Tonight we obviously labored in the first half," said KU coach Bill Self, who won his second championship. "But the kids competed."

The Tar Heels led 40-25 at the beginning of the second half, but Kansas quickly recovered, scoring 20 points in just over seven minutes and closing North Carolina's lead to a single point.

The two teams continued to battle for the lead throughout the half. With 1:30 left in the game, North Carolina was once again ahead by a single point, 69-68,

until Kansas starting forward David McCormack sank a two-pointer, turning the tables on the Tar Heels.