The Kansas Jayhawks and the UNC Tar Heels will face each other in the National Championship game of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.
Seeing the Jayhawks and Tar Heels means the National Championship couldn’t be more fortuitous—or more confusing—for Roy Williams.
As Ben Heisler recounts for BetSided, it was Williams who once coached the Kansas Jayhawks from 1988 to 2003. That first year, Williams won with Kansas in the 1988 NCAA Championship, taking the Jayhawks to 14 consecutive NCAA tournaments, four Final Four appearances, and two national championships, racking up an .805 winning percentage as he won nine conference titles.
But Williams had coaching roots at UNC, learning under the tutelage of the great Dean Smith. Williams left Kansas for UNC in 2003, and he’s been there ever since. Under Williams, the Tar Heels won three national championships, five Final Four appearances, and three ACC titles.
Although Williams picked UNC all those years ago, bettors are picking Kansas to win the National Championship.
The No. 8-seeded Tar Heels have played up throughout the tournament, seeming to strengthen each round as they defeated higher-ranked foes. But No. 1-seeded Kansas remains dominant, evidenced by the fact that they are favored to win it all in New Orleans.
Kansas vs. UNC National Championship game time
The Jayhawks and Tar Heels will face off at 9:20 p.m ET on Monday, April 4. The game is taking place at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
Kansas vs. UNC National Championship TV channel
TBS will be broadcasting the game, featuring announcers Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson.
Kansas vs. UNC National Championship streaming info
For those who are interested in streaming the matchup in the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament, there is live streaming available on FuboTV. Basketball fans can enjoy WingStop as they watch the game, with FanSided featuring some of the top collegiate teams that performed in the NCAA Women’s College Basketball Tournament, including the 2022 NCAA Champion, the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Kansas vs. UNC National Championship prediction
If UNC wins Monday night, they tie No. 8 Villanova in 1985 as the highest seed to ever win the NCAA men’s tournament.
The fact that UNC has outperformed beyond expectations throughout the tournament makes it difficult to pick against them, but considering their opponent, it’s easy to imagine that this is the team that finally takes Hubert Davis and his Tar Heels down.
But if anyone will stop UNC and another 28-point night for Caleb Love, it’s a balanced Kansas squad led by star center David McCormick.
No matter how it ends, UNC already won the tournament by handing Coach K a loss in the final game of his iconic coaching career at Duke.
Prediction: Kansas wins, 83-81
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