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NCAA Basketball March Madness

2013 NCAA Tournament: North Carolina A&T Earns Right to Play No. 1 Louisville

Peter Casey-USA Today Sports

Well, they did it.

The North Carolina A&T Aggies have picked up their first NCAA Tournament victory in school history, holding off Liberty by the final score of 73-72. The battle between two of the bracket’s No. 16 seeds came down to the wire and nearly ended in buzzer beating fashion for the Flames.

A last second shot rimmed out however, and the Aggies moved to 1-9 all-time within the Big Dance.

Their reward? A date with the nation’s top overall No. 1 seed, the Louisville Cardinals.

Oh yes, that’s how the bracket works with the First Four Round. The turnaround is quick from Tuesday and Thursday and North Carolina A&T gets one day to prepare to shock the world. We know, we know, no No. 16 seed has ever beaten a No. 1 seed, so don’t expect that to change in this one.

The Aggies did manage to pick up their 20th win of the season on Tuesday night, putting out the Flames with a 51.9% shooting percentage from the field. Liberty trailed by double-digits at a few points in this contest, but the Aggies were able to sneak away with the victory in Dayton.

Bruce Beckford and Lamont Middleton had nice games, picking up the slack for leading scorer Adrian Powell, who was limited to only nine points on Tuesday night.

In what will prove as a great and historic night for North Carolina A&T, I hope that they enjoyed it. The Aggies have packed their bags and are bound for Lexington, Kentucky, but that vacation won’t last very long.


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