Texas A&M dominates North Carolina, advances to Sweet 16

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If you had been told that the winner of the North Carolina-Texas A&M game would do so in dominating fashion, you’d would’ve figured North Carolina would be the one moving on to play Michigan in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels are the defending champions, entered the game as the higher seed and just looked like the better team over the course of the year.

Of course, that’s not how it happened, as the Aggies got whatever they wanted on offense and forced the Tar Heels into one of their worst shooting performances of the season. The Aggies got contributions from a number of players as 4 finished in double figures and Aggies rolled to an 86-65 and their second Sweet 16 in 3 seasons.

The game began to turn midway through the first half, as the Aggies held North Carolina scoreless for a 6 minute stretch and ended the half on a 29-8 run. Texas A&M took a 42-28 lead into the break and only continued to build upon it in the second half, with the lead mushrooming to as much as 24. The Tar Heels never got closer than the 14-point deficit that they began the half with.

At one point, Robert Williams once again had the ability to bust out a windmill dunk during the game, putting the perfect exclamation point on the game for the Aggies.

It helped that the Tar Heels were ice cold from 3-point range, which was a product of A&M’s stifling defense. The Tar Heels missed 17 of their first 18 3-point attempts and finished the game shooting 6-for-31 from 3-point tange the field.

The Aggies meanwhile connected on 10-of-24 3-pointers and once again did damage in the paint with the duo of Williams and Tyler Davis. After combining for 27 points and 29 rebounds against Providence in the first round, the pair combined for 26 and 23 this time around along with 5 blocks. Davis finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds while Williams had 8 points and 13 rebounds. The Aggies also got double digit outputs from Admon Gilder, D.J. Hogg and TJ Starks, who led the Aggies with 19 points.

North Carolina had played in the last 2 national title games, winning in 2017 and then losing in 2016 to Villanova. Texas A&M by comparison didn’t even make the NCAA Tournament last season. Pedigree says that North Carolina should’ve won the game but Texas a&M was just flat out better in every facet on Sunday.

With the win, the Aggies will head to Los Angeles to play in the Sweet 16 and will take on the aforementioned Michigan Wolverines, who needed a buzzer beater to get past Houston on Saturday. The two teams will meet on Thursday at the Staples Center, though a game time has not yet been announced.

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