Slam Dunk Season
By Hunter Maples '17 | Vol. 3 Issue 2
There was an Aggie miracle in Oklahoma City. The Aggie Men’s Basketball team entered the final 44 seconds against the University of Northern Iowa at a 12 point deficit. With only a 0.1 percent chance of pulling off a win to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, things were looking pretty bleak. It was deemed mathematically impossible for the Aggies to make a comeback. Then, in true 12th Man fashion, the Aggies pulled off one of the greatest feats in March Madness history. With less than a minute left the Aggies came back with shot after shot, preying on every mistake made by the Panthers. With just 1.8 seconds left of regular playing time, freshman guard, Admon Gilder, went for a layup to tie the game, sending the Aggies into overtime. After making the comeback of the century, Texas A&M pulled off a triumphant 92-88 win against Northern Iowa in double-overtime.
The Aggies ended their season in Anaheim, suffering a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sweet Sixteen 63-77. This rounded out a season for the books. The Texas A&M Men’s Basketball team had a phenomenal record this year, suffering only one loss at home and claiming a share of the SEC title. The Aggies started off the season strong, with four consecutive non-conference wins at home. Next, the Aggies took the Bahamas by storm in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Texas A&M BTHO the University of Texas in the first round, sawing Varsity’s horns off with a score of 84-73. As a proud Aggie, there’s nothing I like to see more than pulling off a win against that other university in Austin.
The Aggies started off SEC play with strong wins at home and on the road paving the way for the Aggies to take the SEC title. Texas A&M continued on with conference wins against Vanderbilt, Auburn, Ole Miss and an amazing 79-77 overtime win against Kentucky at home. Despite losing to Kentucky in the SEC tournament, they still came out on top, winning the first regular season title since 1986. All in all, this was an incredible season for the Men’s Basketball team and the 12th Man who rallied in support and awe.