March Madness: Defending champs UNC bows out

Published March 19, 2018, 10:30 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

APTOPIX NCAA Texas A M North Carolina Basketball
APTOPIX NCAA Texas A M North Carolina Basketball

By Rafael Bandayrel

A new champion will be crowned come the 2nd of April after defending national champions the University of North Carolina was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Texas A&M overwhelmed UNC, 86-65, upsetting the heavily favored Tar Heels as they booked their ticket to the Sweet 16.

The Aggies shot 52-percent from the field and sunk 10 shots from the three-point arc. Four Texas A&M players also scored in double figures and held Carolina to just 33 percent shooting for the game.

“That’s what we do, force teams to take tough shots,” Texas A&M guard Admon Gilder told ESPN.

With only 5:48 remaining in the second half, A&M forward Robert Williams put an exclamation point on the win with a windmill dunk. The UNC crowd remained silent while the small chunk of Texas fans celebrated.

“We missed shots we’d made all season,” UNC forward Luke Maye said per ESPN. “But bottom line, the best team won.”

The Aggies will once again be the underdogs as they face the Michigan Wolverines in the next round of the tournament.