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Filipino-American guard Remy Martin and the Kansas Jayhawks won the 2022 US NCAA Division I men’s basketball title after outlasting the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday (Tuesday Manila time), 72-69 at the Caesar’s Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Jayhawks outscored the Tar Heels, 47-29 in the second half after falling behind by double-digits in the opening half.
Martin had a solid contribution off the bench, scoring 14 points. Center David McCormack (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Christian Braun (12 points, 12 boards) paced the Jayhawks to their fourth NCAA Tournament championship.
RJ Davis (15 points, 12 rebounds), Armando Bacot (15 points, 14 rebounds), and Brady Manek (13 points, 13 rebounds) all tallied double-doubles in a losing effort for UNC.
The championship ended Kansas’ 14 year title drought. Bill Self’s squad won the title back in 2008 but settled for a runner-up finish in 2012.
The successful tournament run is seen as a boost for Martin after his transfer to Kansas from Arizona State.
A member of Chot Reyes’ Gilas Pilipinas 23 for 2023 wish list, Martin is expected to enter the NBA draft.
Photo from Kansas Jayhawks website
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