March 15, 2007

Good and bad in A&M's first round win over Penn

Over the years this is exactly what you come to think of when you talk about Ivy League teams in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They slow down the game to give them a chance against a more talented team, they play tough, they never give up and they end up losing almost every time.

Thursday's first round match up between Ivy League champion Pennsylvania and Texas A&M followed the formula perfectly with the third-seeded Aggies pulling out to an 13-point halftime lead with the No. 14-seeded Quakers climbing back to take a two-point lead in the second half.

But just when the pro-Louisville crowd at Rupp Arena started to believe that Cinderella's slipper had found it's foot, it slipped off. Sorry Cardinal fans, you still have to play the Aggies.

Cinderella is still trying to find her home in this tournament mainly due to the normal culprit from A&M, senior guard Acie Law. With the game on the line Law took over, just like he did in the first half. When the Aggies look downtrodden and dismal, Law has constantly been the diamond that emerges from the muck.

With A&M trailing, 39-37, with a little more than 11 minutes remaining Law took over. On two straight possessions he drove the lane and put up shots off the glass that drew three Quaker defenders to him. Each shot was a miss, but each was put back with authority by Joseph Jones.

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