In a down-to-the-wire thriller, the J-Hawks climb back for the NCAA men's basketball title.

NEW ORLEANS -- As Kansas entered its locker room down 15 points to North Carolina at halftime of the men's basketball national championship game, David McCormack was smiling at his teammates.

Fifteen-point deficit? Title on the line? Smiling in the locker room?

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Christian Braun was confused.

"I was like, why are you smiling, dude? We're down 15," Braun said. "He was telling me, keep your head up, keep going, we'll be all right. I was like, man, I don't know if I've ever been here before. Down 15 in a national championship game. I've definitely never been there."

But McCormack backed up his confidence, hitting the two biggest baskets of the game for Kansas and helping the Jayhawks overcome a 16-point first-half deficit to beat North Carolina 72-69 on Monday night for the program's fourth national title and first since 2008.

The 16-point deficit was the largest ever overcome to win a championship, surpassing the previous record of 15 points set by Loyola Chicago against Cincinnati in 1963.

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