Texas A&M Basketball: Postgame player grades vs North Carolina

Roy Williams happily played with a baby before North Carolina’s first-round game

Roy Williams happily played with a baby before North Carolina’s first-round game

The Aggies would not surrender the lead, growing their advantage to as much as 24 in the second half to advance to their second Sweet 16 in three seasons.

Texas A&M (22-12) will play third-seeded MI on Thursday night in the Sweet 16 round of the West Region in Los Angeles.

The Tar Heels could not pull even after A&M launched a 15-0 run midway through the first half. Spitfire guard T.J. Starks played wild at times, but never looked in awe of the moment. The Tarheels soon responded with an 11-4 run and held an 11-7 lead at the first media timeout.

Williams's block was one of eight for the Aggies. The maroon and white began to gel starting at 11:37 mark when the Aggies went on a 15-0 run.

The shooting woes lasted the entire game as UNC shot just 26-of-78 from the field (33.3 percent) including 6-of-31 from the three-point line. "It nearly made me cry right then", Berry said.

Signs of trouble for the defending champs started midway through the first half after Carolina took a 20-13 lead. He also led all Aggies with five assists.

Baylor: The Lady Bears have won 14 straight NCAA Tournament games at home, and swept through first- and second-round games at the Ferrell Center for the sixth year in a row. North Carolina, however, showed some signs of life and was able to break the A&M defense down and score a couple of easy baskets in the low post.

North Carolina had played in the last 2 national title games, winning in 2017 and then losing in 2016 to Villanova.

They were both on the bench for the final minute as North Carolina coach Roy Williams put in seldom-used reserves. Next up for them is a matchup against the SEC's Texas A&M, who edged past No. 10 Providence in their opener.

The first nine minutes of this game were controlled by the Tar Heels. I know I can continue to improve my game and be better prepared for the National Basketball Association after another year playing against the best college competition in the country. Meanwhile, the Aggies - who peaked at No. 5 in the AP Top 25 in December - is moving on to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three seasons.

"We knew we needed to keep attacking", said Kennedy, who takes A&M to its fifth Sweet 16 in program history and second in three years under his direction. This right here has got me throughout this whole season. "We're excited to come out with a win".

With the game tied in the closing seconds, Hall got a rebound off a missed shot by Cody Martin.

Further, the Aggies out-rebounded North Carolina, 50-36, blocked eight shots, altered several others, hit 10 three-pointers and generally excelled in every aspect of the game.

The Tar Heels shot just 33 percent, including 6 of 31 (.194) on three-pointers after entering the game shooting almost 37 percent from behind the arc.

The Spartans have 18 offensive rebounds, but are on pace for way under their 81-points-per-game average, leading Syracuse 40-39 with 10:02 left.

The Aggies will now advance to play MI in the Sweet 16.

The game time and TV channel have not yet been released, but it will take place on Thursday in Los Angeles. Tipoff is slated for 6:37 p.m. and will be televised on TBS. "So getting to the Sweet 16 is really important for us". "We're an extremely confident team". We know his work ethic. We just trust him.

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