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Viewers had 1 big complaint about this year’s NCAA title game coverage

Bill Self at a press conference

This year’s NCAA championship game between Kansas and North Carolina was an instant classic, but viewers were not happy about one particular aspect of the television experience.

Kansas beat North Carolina 72-69 and pulled off a comeback for the ages in the process. After the game, however, is when TNT’s coverage started to go south. After airing minimal footage of Kansas’ post-game celebration and an interview with Jayhawks star David McCormack, TNT went to commercial. When the commercial break ended, sports fans who were fully expecting to see the customary “One Shining Moment” video and coverage of the trophy presentation instead got … an episode of TNT’s teen comedy series “Chad.”

Confused and angry viewers expressed their dismay on social media about the unexpected turn of events.

It turns out that the full coverage of postgame festivities, including “One Shining Moment” and the trophy ceremony, was available on TBS, TNT’s sister station, as part of Turner’s multi-network broadcast experience. But that came as little solace to viewers, who might not have known about the split and were sitting through “Chad” thinking it was just a minute-long preview … only for it to be a full episode. By the time that many viewers realized what was going on, then located the postgame coverage on TBS, they probably missed a good several minutes of it already.

Granted, none of this was an issue for viewers who were on TBS throughout (not to mention that the game itself was satisfying for the audience in more ways than one). But those watching on TNT were left with a pretty sour taste in the mouth from getting “Chad” to end the NCAA season instead of “One Shining Moment.”

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Puff Johnson had a puke-and-rally moment in the championship game

Puff Johnson on the floor

Puff Johnson left it all out there on the court Monday night — literally.

Johnson played 18 minutes off the bench for North Carolina in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament against Kansas. He scored 11 points and added six rebounds as his Tar Heels came up short 72-69 to the Jayhawks.

Late in the game, Johnson was hit in the stomach. He ended up hunched over on the court and vomiting.

Johnson confirmed after the game that he was hit in the stomach, which led him to vomit.

This was arguably the best game of the season for Johnson. And he will be remembered for his puke.

NCAA president Mark Emmert made embarrassing blunder in championship speech

Mark Emmert holds a mic

NCAA president Mark Emmert is already a pretty despised figure among college sports fans. He added to that reputation on Monday night with a blunder he committed after the NCAA Tournament championship game.

Emmert was speaking after Kansas came back to beat North Carolina 72-69 to win the NCAA Tournament. As he was congratulating the Jayhawks, he called them the “Kansas City Jayhawks.”

Yes, Emmert quickly corrected himself, but that’s still such an embarrassing blunder to make. What even led him to screw that up? Did he think this was the Super Bowl and he was handing the trophy to the Chiefs?

It’s hard to know what goes through that man’s mind at times. Maybe he was thinking about the NCAA violations KU was accused of.

Kansas’ David McCormack reveals his halftime message that sparked comeback

David McCormack speaking

David McCormack was the MVP for Kansas on the floor in their national title win on Monday, and it sounds like he was the MVP for them in the locker room as well.

Kansas had a historic comeback against North Carolina after trailing by 15 at halftime and as many as 16 in the game.

McCormack finished with 15 points and ten rebounds, including the last two made baskets for the Jayhawks in their 72-69 victory. He revealed to Tracy Wolfson in an interview after the game what his message to his teammates at halftime was.

“I was in the locker room, I was smiling to my teammates, they thought I was crazy,” said McCormack. “I said, ‘Yo, we just come out here, we have fun, and we do what we was born to do.’ I looked at Och [Ochai Agbaji], I looked at CB [Christian Braun], I looked at Remy [Martin], I looked at everybody … Gotta send the small man. We just executed.”

Kansas relied heavily on the senior forward McCormack, who scored nine of his 15 points in that second period. It was an unbelievable comeback for the Jayhawks and something that had never been done before in NCAA history.

Though they seemed completely toast in the first half, Kansas had proved throughout the 2022 tournament why they were the top team in the country. McCormack’s leadership and clutch play down the stretch definitely helped the Jayhawks find their groove again en route to pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

Kansas makes record comeback in championship win

Kansas players raise their arms

Kansas looked dead in the water during the first half of Monday’s national championship game, but they proved their mettle with an impressive comeback.

The Jayhawks got out to an early 7-0 lead against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament title game. The game was close thereafter, and even tied at 22 with 6:08 left in the first half. But that’s when UNC went on a run.

The Tar Heels led by as many as 16 and went into halftime leading 40-25. Kansas looked done and buried, but they weren’t deterred. They scored the first two baskets of the second half and began to chip away at the margin.

Kansas got it down to a 1-point game with 12:41 left and finally retook the lead on a Remy Martin 3-pointer with 10:23 left to make it 53-50.

Kansas didn’t waste all their energy just making the comeback, either. They went ahead and stayed ahead for most of the final 10 minutes. UNC did retake the lead with 1:41 left on a Brady Manek shot to make it 69-68, but David McCormack buried the Tar Heels with a pair of buckets late to win the game 72-69.

In the end, Kansas wound up with the biggest comeback ever in NCAA Tournament championship game history. KU looked like the best team throughout the tournament. They cemented that point with a great comeback, showing they can win as a frontrunner, or as a comeback story.

What an impressive tournament run for the Jayhawks. This marks Bill Self’s second championship at KU and the fourth championship overall for Kansas.

Armando Bacot makes history in NCAA Tournament

Armando Bacot smiles

Armando Bacot is a baller, and he proved it throughout the NCAA Tournament.

Bacot made history during March Madness this year. As of the first half of North Carolina’s championship game against Kansas on Monday night in New Orleans, La., Bacot had registered a double-double. That meant the Tar Heels forward posted a double-double in six NCAA Tournament games, which is something no other player had ever done.

The NCAA Tournament only expanded to 64 teams in 1985, meaning anyone who competed before then wouldn’t have had the opportunity to record a double-double in six games. But that’s still 37 years of history where no other player had accomplished what Bacot did.

Setting this record means two important things: you have to consistently perform from game-to-game, and your team wins enough to reach the championship game. That’s a pretty nice accomplishment for Bacot, who averaged 16.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game this season.

Bacot’s biggest statistical game probably came in the Elite 8 win over Saint Peter’s, when he had 20 points and 22 rebounds. If you go back to the ACC Tournament, Bacot finished his season with eight consecutive double-doubles.

Photo: Nov 5, 2021; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot (5) on the court in the first half at Dean Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Viewers loved Jim Nantz’s funny line during NCAA title game

Jim Nantz speaking

Jim Nantz definitely gave the people their money’s worth during Monday night’s NCAA title game.

The veteran sportscaster went viral during the first half of North Carolina-Kansas for his hilarious line about Tar Heels forward Brady Manek. It was a strong half for Manek, who had nine points on three triples to go along with four rebounds and two blocked shots. In response to Manek’s excellent play, Nantz hit the viewers with the “Just another Manek Monday” mic drop.

Fans loved it and took to Twitter to salute Nantz for an A-plus reference.

Nantz probably wasn’t the first one to think of turning Manek’s name into a Bangles-based pun. But he certainly saw his opportunity and ran with it.

As for Manek himself, his performance against Kansas continued his stellar tournament run. It also proved to be quite a bounceback after Manek took a major hit in the opening minutes of the game.

Photo: February 11, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; American sportscaster Jim Nantz on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The conclusion was delayed due to weather and darkness. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Brady Manek takes big shot to head against Kansas

Brady Manek on the court

North Carolina got off to a bad start in Monday night’s championship game against Kansas, in more ways than one.

Not only did the Jayhawks jump out to a 7-0 lead, but North Carolina forward Brady Manek got hurt almost immediately.

Kansas was leading 7-3 just over three minutes into the game. They passed the ball in to David McCormack in the key, who made a jumphook to go up 9-3. As McCormack was coming down, his left arm hit Manek on the head.

Manek was down on the court in pain from the shot to the head/face.

Despite taking the big hit to the head, Manek remained in the game.

The senior transfer from Oklahoma has averaged 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. This was a tough break for him in the biggest game of his career, though he tried to fight through it.

Roy Williams reveals who he is rooting for in national championship

Roy Williams at the podium

Roy Williams’ allegiances are not as divided as one might think for Monday’s national championship game.

Williams coached both Kansas and North Carolina during his Hall of Fame career, but he does not have to think hard about who he would prefer to win Monday. A North Carolina native and graduate, Williams admitted to USA TODAY’s Scott Gleeson that while he is fond of Kansas, he’s rooting hard for the Tar Heels.

“It’s an unusual game for me,” Williams told Gleeson. “They’re the first two schools I check on. I always root for Kansas to win if it’s not against North Carolina. I don’t know how to even feel. I’ve decided I’m not rooting for Kansas to play poorly or bad or to lose. I just want North Carolina to play great, and I feel like that’s pretty reasonable.

“I look at this Kansas team and I really enjoy them. I have love for the program. But with North Carolina, my (allegiance) is quite thicker and deeper because it’s a school where I went, where I was an assistant there and it’s where my family all went. So it’s an easy decision on that front but having ties to both does lead to some (inner) conflict.”

Williams coached in national title games for both schools, though he lost both of his appearances with Kansas. He left for North Carolina in 2003 and wound up winning three titles there.

This is Williams’ first year watching March Madness from the sidelines following his retirement as North Carolina’s coach in 2021. At the time of his departure, Williams predicted that his successor would do even better than he had. The former coach will clearly be rooting for that prediction to be proven correct on Monday.

Photo: Mar 28, 2019; Kansas City, MO, United States; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams speaks during a press conference for the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Armando Bacot has great quote about playing in championship game despite injury

Armando Bacot smiles

Armando Bacot may have gotten hurt on Saturday, but he has no intention of missing Monday night’s championship game against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Bacot sprained his right ankle late in the second half of UNC’s 81-77 win over Duke in the Final Four on Saturday.

He talked about his status for the game and delivered a great quote while meeting with the media on Sunday ahead of the championship.

“My right leg would have to be cut off for me not to play,” Bacot said while speaking with the media on Sunday in New Orleans.

The junior scored 11 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in 33 minutes.

UNC head coach Hubert Davis told reporters on Sunday that X-rays on Bacot’s ankle were negative and that, despite some soreness, the forward is good to go for Monday night’s game.

Bacot has been one of UNC’s top players this season, leading the team with 16.3 points per game and 13.1 rebounds per game.

UNC will look to win its second national championship in five years, while Kansas tries to end a title drought dating back to 2008.

Photo: Nov 5, 2021; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Armando Bacot (5) on the court in the first half at Dean Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports