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JAYHAWKS WIN! KU takes national championship; Lawrence celebrates

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The Kansas Jayhawks are national champions once again, and pure joy has filled the air in Lawrence.

After a rocky first half that sent the Jayhawks to the locker room trailing 40-25 and left fans on edge, Bill Self’s team came back to send the Tar Heels home in tears. The final score was 72-69.

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This is KU’s first championship since 2008, and the team’s second under coach Self.

Fireworks could be heard all over Lawrence.

Need championship gear right now? At least two stores told us they’re opening tonight to provide it to you: Jock’s Nitch, 826 Massachusetts St., and Dick’s Sporting Goods, 2727 Iowa St. The Shirt Shack was planning to open again on Tuesday.

The Jayhawks will return to Lawrence on Tuesday. There will be a welcome-back celebration at 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, according to the postgame radio show.

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Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times KU fans celebrate a score in the second half.
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Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times KU fans hold up a commemorative edition of the University Daily Kansan while celebrating the Jayhawks’ national championship.
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Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times KU fans in downtown Lawrence celebrate the Jayhawks winning the national championship.
Andrea Albright / The Lawrence Times Distant fireworks are visible from Mass Street following the Jayhawks’ victory.
Emma Bascom / The Lawrence Times KU fans celebrate the Jayhawks’ national championship victory.
Andrea Albright / The Lawrence Times KU fans swarm Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence after the Jayhawks win the national championship.
Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times KU fans celebrate a score during the second half of the national championship game against UNC, April 4, 2022.
Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times Hopeful Jayhawk fans watch as the Jayhawks close a 15-point deficit they carried into halftime.
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Conner Mitchell / The Lawrence Times Thousands of KU fans showed up to Allen Fieldhouse for a watch party Monday, April 4, 2022.
Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times KU fans celebrate a score during the first half of the national championship game against UNC, April 4, 2022.
Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times KU fans watch the game in Downtown Lawrence.
Carter Gaskins / The Lawrence Times KU fans pose for a photo in downtown Lawrence during the KU vs. UNC game.
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