Trailing by 12 with 44 seconds left in regulation, Texas A&M put together one of the most incredible comebacks in NCAA Tournament history to force overtime against Northern Iowa on Sunday night in the second round. The Panthers not only lost the lead, but its key players as well because of injuries and foul troubles and now it’s Texas A&M going to the Sweet 16 thanks to a 92-88 double-overtime win.
“We beat a very good team, we got some breaks, it’s unbelievable,” a nearly speechless Billy Kennedy said after the game.
Just look at the win probablity for Northern Iowa in the final moments of the game and what happened, according to FiveThirtyEight.
The star of the comeback was senior Danuel House, who didn’t have his first bucket until 35 minutes of game time had passed. House got a layup with 25 seconds left to cut the lead to eight, a 3-pointer six seconds later to cut the lead to three and finished the game with 22 points.
Alex Caruso came up with a couple huge buckets and a few clutch free throws in the final minutes as well, but freshman guard Admon Gilder was the one who got the game-tying layup after a turnover to force overtime.
Texas A&M erased a 12-point deficit in 35 seconds!! #MarchMadness https://t.co/Jp30IGhGOS
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 21, 2016
No one could take it; not Texas A&M fans or Northern Iowa fans or any of us hanging on to every moment on our televisions. These Texas A&M fans in the house in Oklahoma City just can’t even.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 21, 2016
The comeback was so great it was immediately compared to Jay Williams’ comeback against Maryland when he was at Duke. Guess what? Williams saw the same similarities and took to Twitter to troll the Terps.
I have never seen anything like this before. A 10 point comeback in less than a minute #UNIvsTAMU @umterps @notthefakeSVP
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) March 21, 2016