The last time the Kansas Jayhawks were in the national championship game, they won it all in 2008 for head coach Bill Self to cement himself as one of the brightest basketball minds in the collegiate ranks. Self has Kansas in a prime position to capture the school’s fourth-ever national title but will face a formidable North Carolina Tar Heels program in Monday’s much-awaited finale.
Nitrobetting is ready to dish out some timely assists to our bettors all throughout the 2022 March Madness season. This time, let’s explore three reasons why the Kansas Jayhawks will win the 2022 NCAA Tournament national title game against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
3 Reasons Why the Kansas Jayhawks Will Win the 2022 NCAA National Championship Game vs. North Carolina
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Win the Defensive Battle
Both Kansas and North Carolina are terrific scoring teams, with the Jayhawks’ average of 78.4 points per game this season only fractions ahead of the Tar Heels’ own season average (78.1 PPG). That being said, Kansas’ stifling defense must be kept intact to break this offensive parity.
The Jayhawks, who are currently favored to win Monday’s championship game at (-4), have held their opponents in the national tournament to just 60.8 points through five games. They recently held No. 2 Villanova to just 31 percent shooting from the field in the first half of their Final Four showdown and never gave the Wildcats any chance to claw out of their shooting slump. They say defense wins championships, and Kansas has one of the best defenses in the nation at that.
Keep Feeding Agbaji
For the majority of the tournament, senior guard Ochai Agbaji was kept in check. It wasn’t until the last two games that the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year stepped up and proved his worthiness of such a distinction.
After dropping 18 points in the Elite Eight against Miami, Agbaji would then score 21 points against Villanova in the Final Four. He made six of his seven shots from beyond the arc and is without a doubt the team’s premier scoring threat that the Jayhawks have to count on to send them to a championship victory.
Don’t Forget Remy Martin
Whereas Agbaji started out slow at the Big Dance, standout sixth-man Remy Martin picked up the scoring slack for his team, scoring over 20 points in each of the first two rounds of the tournament. However, the former Arizona State product has scored no more than nine points in each of the last three games.
The Jayhawks are getting by just fine with their loaded starting five. But in the event that they need a spark off the bench, they’d be wise to get Martin involved more often for an added punch on the attack, especially if things get too physical in the paint between Kansas and UNC’s stellar bigs.
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