Texas A&M takes down defending champ North Carolina at NCAA Tournament

North Carolinas Joel Berry II drives against Lipscombs Michael Buckland on Friday in Charlotte

That same silence spread to the Carolina locker room afterward as players tried to make sense of the abrupt ending for a team that had played for the ACC championship just last weekend and appeared primed for a run to a third straight Final Four.

While that's probably an exaggeration meant to play games with an opponent's mind, UNC (26-10) does have reason to be concerned about Texas A&M's strength inside. "Lipscomb was going to be ready for us, and they were going to be fired up because we're North Carolina".

Even with Luke Maye scoring just 10 points on a 2-for-9 shooting performance from the floor, UNC still shot 51 percent as a team in what was a balanced all-around offensive performance.

Davis takes over early: A&M leaned on junior center Tyler Davis during the team's big first half run. The Tar Heels don't start anyone taller than 6'8, so that will be an interesting matchup.

The Aggies could make things hard on the Tar Heels with Tyler Davis and Robert Williams inside.

All five UNC starters scored in double figures in the game, led by 18 from junior guard Kenny Williams-who nailed four of his five attempts from behind the three-point line. "That's what he's done all year".

As a result, they earned the opportunity to extend their season at least one more game-and kept hopes of repeating as national champions alive and well.

Carolina was a paltry 1 for 13 from 3-point land in the first half, opting to die by the 3 rather than going inside against A&M's bigs.

The Tar Heels led 20-13 early only to see the Aggies go on 15-0 run to change the entire dynamic of the game.

BC-BKC-NCAA-Texas A&M-North Carolina, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 708 Texas A&M stuns reigning champ UNC 86-65 in NCAA 2nd roundAP Photo NCCB105, NCCB102, NCCB101, NCCB103, NCCB106, NCCB104Eds: Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65. It was fourth largest comeback in the history of the women's tournament.

North Carolina does not lose at Spectrum Center. The only flaw for the Tarheels came in the form of turnovers, as they committed 18 in the game. The Aggies would not surrender the lead, growing their advantage to as much as 24 in the second half to advance to their second Sweet 16 in three seasons. "You shoot so many threes, sometimes you die by the three. We just had to get stops and finish on the other end".

Theo Pinson (left) and Kenny Williams (right) led the way as UNC rolled past Lipscomb in the second half on Friday. If that wasn't deflating enough for the Heels, D.J. Hogg collected the block and rifled a pass to Robert Williams, who was smiling as the ball was in the air.

Texas A&M is 19th nationally in rebound margin (plus-6.3).

"I'm competitive, so I think that's just the competitive nature of me wants to step up when the games get bigger", explained Williams, "And also know now it's do or die, win or lose, win or you go home".



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