Aggie men dominate North Carolina to advance to Sweet 16


Texas A&M's is bigger, and it was the Aggies' imposing size that set them on a path to destroying the defending champs. Texas A&M hit two 3-pointers before the Tar Heels scored in the second half. The Aggies led by 14 then, and the only reason the deficit seemed manageable is that North Carolina is North Carolina, with all its aura and postseason inexperience.

North Carolina also got a combined nine points from starters Theo Pinson, Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson.

The Tar Heels had a chance to regroup and come out stronger after the half, but the team didn't take advantage of the break as the Aggies continued to dominate. They're 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS in their last six as a neutral site favorite of 3.5 to six points.

Update: Texas A&M has a 42-28 lead over North Carolina at the half.

TJ Starks led the Aggies with 21 points.

The Aggies took the formula Carolina has used time and again to reach the Final Four and used it against the Tar Heels, pounding the paint with a trio of athletic big men and playing through them to spread the floor for open shooters. By the time Williams leaped into the air with no one around, windmilled his arms and flushed the ball through the rim, the Aggies had all but sealed their spot in the Sweet 16.

Texas A&M shoved around UNC in its own backyard, taking the Tar Heels' lunch money before sending them home, 86-65, as the first No. 2 seed to be vanquished in the NCAA tournament. In the second half, the mere threat of Williams lurking down low caused Joel Berry to turn a routine drive into a circus-layup that failed to drop. This is only their fifth appearance in the Sweet 16 and the third dating to 2007.

The Wolverines haven't played the Aggies since December of 1962, when MI came out with a 82-79 win.

The Aggies are moving on to the round of 16 for the second time in three seasons.

- Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.

Theo Pinson and Kenny Williams led the way as UNC rolled past Lipscomb in the second half on Friday
Theo Pinson and Kenny Williams led the way as UNC rolled past Lipscomb in the second half on Friday

Michigan State can't get any distance from Syracuse. "But bottom line, the best team won". The Orange and Michigan State slogged along on the offensive end, missing a bunch of shots from everywhere. "Hopefully we can take this and build some momentum from it going into the next one". About four in 10 UNC misses found their way back into Carolina Blue hands, so the Heels could afford to not be knockdown shooters.

The Syracuse zone is making Michigan State uncomfortable.

Manley had 10 of the rebounds by himself in just 10 minutes of action. The Spartans are 3 for 17 from the field. T hey entered Sunday averaging 22.7 per game; on Sunday, they tried 31. The Spartans were up 7-6 nearly six minutes in. Well, the women are back in the Sweet 16 for the sixth time under Blair.

This result wasn't as shocking, but it was just as thorough a whipping.

"It's one of the worst performances we've had from the three", Maye said.

"His first start was at Kansas". And with minimal seniors on the roster, Marshall could be in position to make another run to the tournament next season. Freshman point guard T.J. Starks had 36 points and 13 assists (and 11 turnovers).

Such is life in the one-and-done NCAA Tournament. The over/under total has held steady since opening at 151.5 points.

Vince Edwards scored 12 points and picked up a third foul just 3 seconds before halftime.

Purdue center Isaac Haas is warming up and taking shots two days after breaking his right elbow.

Haas was welcomed by a relative roar from the dozens of fans in their seats less than an hour before tipoff.

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