Dallas Kimball’s Acie Law Leads Texas A&M to Sweet 16
Texas A&M was able to hold on for a 72-69 victory over a game Louisville squad in a 2nd Round NCAA tournament matchup. In a back and forth contest, the third-seeded Aggies were able to stop Louisville's Edgar Sosa in the games final seconds before Law iced the game with two free throws. Louisville led 65-60 with 5 minutes to go before the Aggies closed the contest with a 12-4 run.
Sosa, a freshman from New York, led the Cardinials with an electric 31 points. But he missed two free throws with 29 seconds left that would have given Louisville the lead. It was Dominique Kirk who provided the offensive spark for the Aggies, scoring 21 points, including some clutch three's and free throws in the second half. Law finished the game with 26 points, including 13 from the line.
Since the game was in Lexington, Kentucky, it was a virtual home game for Louisville in front of 23,000 pro-Cardinal fans. After pulling out a win at Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse earlier this year, the Aggies had shown they could get a win in a hostile environment.
Law and the Aggies move on to face the winner of tonight's Memphis/Nevada game in San Antonio next week. I'm expecting a pro-Texas A&M crowd to make up for playing a road game at Rupp Arena today. The Aggies were 0-16 in Big 12 play the year before coach Billy Gillispie arrived in College Station. Next week the Texas A&M will be one of 16 men's teams left standing in the college basketball's ultimate showcase.