March Madness – Final Four: Caleb Love decides epic thriller
The illustrious career of coach Mike Krzyzewski ends with a defeat against the arch rivals. The North Carolina Tar Heels now meet the Kansas Jayhawks in the Championship Game.
Kansas (1) – Villanova (2) 81:65
- For two years, the Jayhawks and especially Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack maintained this opportunity. Both were part of the dominant 19/20er team, which won a 28-3 balance and won 16 games in front of the interruption by Corona, but never received a chance to complete an NCAA tournament, as this was first in history could not take place. Now both contributed significantly to Kansas reached the Championship Game.
- Ogbaji scored in the first almost ten minutes of the game 12 of his 21 points (6/7 3FG), McCormack 11 of his 25 (10/12 FG) – at this time was Villanova as a team only at 11. It was not quite like that Dominant, Kansas, however, was a break at a 11-point leadership and did not allow the wildcats to ran after 6 points.
- As a team Kansas met 13/24 threesome, in this respect, Villanova (13/31) could even keep up – the 26 shared threes were even a final Four record – but less than less. In particular, McCormack joined very dominant, Jalen Wilson (11, 12 rebounds) also came to a double double. At the wildcats, Collin Gillespie scored 17 points, Brandon Slater contributed 16. However, the injured Justin Moore (Achilles tendon tear) was painfully missing, Villanova joined with a 6-room rotation and did not look fresh enough in the end.
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- Kansas coach Bill Self was highly satisfied at the end. “One knew that Villanova would lie down a run, but we just held and answered,” says self. “And I think we played great. We were defensively disciplined. We have not attached to Shot-Fakes. Apart from our defense of the triple line, it was just very good.”
- The Jayhawks are back in the Championship Game for the first time since 2012 and have the chance to win the fourth NCAA title in the history of the University.
Duke (2) – North Carolina (8) 77:81
- The Tar Heels will be for the second time this season to the big game verder for Duke. After the arch rivals already latter the last home game of Coach K, North Carolina now sent the legendary coach to retire and picked up the upset in a gripping party. Caleb Love showed an outstanding idea with 28 points (11/20), of which he scored 22 in the second half.
- Duke initially had mild advantages and went at the beginning of the second half after a dunk of Paolo Banchero (20, 10 rebounds) with 7 points in the lead. UNC countered with a 13: 0 run, in the sequence it became a superior impact exchange with a number of guidance changes.
- Both teams were barely able to stop the opponent in the final phase. The preliminary decision brought two free throws that Mark Williams missed for Duke – because on the opposite side, Love paid the chance to the threesome and brought his team to +4 with 28 seconds on the clock. In the wildlife seconds, he met three of four free throws to finally decide the game.
- Love had in person of R.J. Davis (18 points), Brady Manek (14) and Armando Bacot (11, 21 rebounds) energetic support. At the Blue Devils Trevor Keel still came to 19 points, Wendell Moore scored 10th Lottery Prospect A.J. Griffin caught a good day (6, 1/7 FG).
- Coach K remained the chance for a sixth championship in his last game. At the end of the game, the 75-year-old could only congratulate his opponent Hubert Davis, who now has the chance to become a Head Coach directly college champion in his first season. “It will not help us to beat Kansas when we knock on the shoulders for the two victories against Duke,” he realized. “I had the feeling of the last two or three years that North Carolina was not relevant. That should never be the case. This program should always be in the limelight.”
- “It was not about me,” Krzyzewski said, “I’ve always been told in my career that my saisons should end so that my players either shed tears of joy or grief. Because then they know they all know everything given. I myself will eventually deal with all this. “
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