(with apologies to Ringo Starr)
0:57 – #6-seed Louisville leads #3-seed Texas A&M, 69-68… A&M’s Acie Law IV hits two free throws, and now the Aggies are up, 70-69.
0:29 – NO! Law fouls Louisville’s Edgar Sosa, who’s 15-of-15 from the line today.
0:29 – Yes! Sosa misses his first free throw of the day!
0:29 – YES! Sosa misses his second free throw of the day! A&M’s Joseph Jones has the rebound and is fouled!
0:29 – No! Jones misses the first of free throw.
0:29 – NO! Jones misses the second free throw, leaving the Aggies up by only one.
0:17 – After a Louisville time out, the Cardinals bring the ball up the court, and I’m instantly flashing back to the end of last year’s round-of-32 game against LSU…
0:10 – …but Sosa puts up a rushed 3-pointer… CLANG! off the back of the iron! A&M’s Marlon Pompey grabs the rebound and hands off to Law, who’s fouled.
0:01 – Law sinks the first FT… A&M, 71-69.
0:01 – Law sinks the second! A&M, 72-69.
0:00 – Sosa heaves a desperation 3-pointer for Louisville at the buzzer, which caroms harmlessly off the backboard. Aggies win, 72-69!
And with that, Texas A&M reaches the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1980, back when the Aggies beat vaunted North Carolina in the round of 32 (only to lose, coincidentally, to Louisville, who went on to win the national championship that year).
So despite getting screwed by the tournament committee (the Aggies were the higher seed but ended up playing the first two rounds at Rupp Arena in Kentucky, making this second round game a virtual home game for lower-seeded Louisville), the Aggies advance to the regionals in San Antonio, where A&M should be playing in front of their own home crowd. Which (I guess) sucks for higher-seeded #2 Memphis, but hey, the Tigers’ fans can cry foul on their behalf if they want to—they’re not getting any sympathy from me. :-)