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What is the biggest comeback in NCAA basketball history?

We discuss the biggest championship game comebacks in NCAA tournament history.

Paige Bueckers #5 of the UConn Huskies reacts in the third quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament National Championship game at Target Center on April 03, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Update — The largest comeback in men’s title game history now belongs to Kansas in 2022. The Jayhawks overcame a 16-point deficit against the North Carolina Tar Heels to seal the championship.

Update — UConn wasn’t able to pull off the comeback against South Carolina, losing their first National Championship game 64-49 on Sunday night. The Huskies had been undefeated in title games, going 11-0 prior to the loss to the Gamecocks.

UConn and South Carolina are playing in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game The score got out of hand early for the Huskies, but they chipped away at the lead and were able to make a miraculous comeback to cut it to single digits. UConn was down 18 points in the first quarter and fought back to keep the game close. If the Huskies pull off the comeback, where would it rank for all-time comebacks in a championship game for men’s and women’s college basketball?

Men’s: Loyola 60, Cincinnati 58 — 1963

The Loyola team in 1963 was the first one to start four African-American players. While that already made history, the Ramblers weren’t done there. They were down 15 points with 14 minutes left in the game and battled back to win on a buzzer-beater tip-in by Vic Rousse to secure the win and the largest comeback in title-game history.

Women’s: Notre Dame 61, Mississippi State 58 — 2018

The Fighting Irish came back from being down 15 and fought their way back for a win. The star of the game was Arike Ogunbowale who nailed a three with :01 seconds left to secure the win for Notre Dame. Ogunbowale had a similar buzzer-beater in the Final Four to knock out UConn. This 15-point comeback is the largest comeback for a women’s team in the championship game in history.