Texas A&M Routes UNC
T.J. Starks scored 21 points and Texas A&M overpowered UNC inside, upsetting the 2017 National Champions 86-65 to mark the second straight year the title holder from the past year missed the Sweet 16.
North Carolina shot just 33%, with 6 of 31 on 3-pointers during the start of the game shooting 37% behind the arc. They than led 20-13 early on only to see Texas A&M go on a 15-0 run that changed the dynamics of the game.
Robert Williams had 13 rebounds, setting up Texas A&M to take a 50-36 edge while shooting 52%, including 10 of 24 from 3-point range. Davis and Robert Williams helped Texas A&M take a 50-36 rebounding advantage, with Williams finishing with 13 rebounds.
By halftime, Texas A&M had pushed to a 42-28 lead, and Admon Gilder and D.J. Hogg got 3-pointers to start the second half and put the score at 48-28. UNC got no closer than 17 again to let down the crowd.
Texas A&M was able to go on a 12-2 run to establish a 62-52 lead that was enough for them to take the lead. Joel Berry II scored 21 points for North Carolina but ended up falling short, giving the victory to Texas A&M.
Texas A&M advanced to the regional semifinals to face third-seeded Michigan on 3/22 in Los Angeles.