How the Kansas Jayhawks are going into tonight’s game vs UNC
Kansas Jayhawks vs UNC Tar Heels is a historic championship game that was unexpected by many college basketball fans. Kansas is going in with “no excuses”.
The top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks have been on an unstoppable streak of eight postseason wins in a row and 10 consecutive victories overall, and they are just one win away from winning the championship title.
“Might as well give it all we’ve got,” KU senior Remy Martin said. “It’s the last game. Everybody’s going to be watching. This is the moment we’ve all prepared for, and I think that we’ll all be ready to play.”
While Kansas is predicted to prevail over eighth-seeded North Carolina (29-9), the Tar Heels are only the fourth team with this seed to reach the national title game, and they are going into tonight’s game with the same intention as the Jayhawks.
They have recorded more rebounds, averaging 37.2 per game to Kansas, 35.2.
The Jayhawks, who passed Kentucky for the most wins in men’s college basketball history in March, are slightly ahead of UNC in points per game however, 78.4 to 78.1, and in assists (15.5 to 14.9 per game).
Following the victory over Villanova on Sunday, sophomore Jalen Wilson said on Sunday. “I just think that everyone’s so dialed in and locked in on what we need to do, there’s just no excuses.”
"No what-ifs" for Kansas
Senior Mitch Lightfoot, who has had a career twice extended longer than usual, defined what Monday’s game is going to be like for some players on the team. “No what-ifs, no could’ve beens, none of that,” he said.
“For a bunch of these guys, this is going to be our last time on a college basketball court, so there’s just no what-ifs. It’s something we’ve been preaching the whole tournament. We want to make sure we go out there and play and put our heart down.”
One last time.