Houston Survives OT Upset, Advances with Buzzer-Beater; Sweet 16 Brackets Revealed

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Houston Survives OT Upset, Advances with Buzzer-Beater; Sweet 16 Brackets Revealed

The Houston Cougars, top-seeded in the men’s March Madness tournament, narrowly avoided an upset in overtime on Sunday against the Texas A&M Aggies, who held the 9th seed.

The game took an exhilarating turn when Andersson Garcia, a forward for the Aggies, made an incredible three-point shot just as the buzzer sounded, tying the score and forcing the game into overtime.

This stunning moment ignited jubilant celebrations among Aggies fans. Garcia’s remarkable shot followed a strong comeback by the Aggies, who outscored Houston 17-5 towards the end of regulation, leveling the score at 86-86.

Garcia's buzzer beater tied the score against Houston and sent the game to overtime.

During the overtime period, the Houston Cougars demonstrated their strength as one of the top-ranked teams in the tournament by regaining control and outscoring the Aggies 14-9.

Houston Survives OT Upset, Advances with Buzzer-Beater; Sweet 16 Brackets Revealed

This effort secured a 100-95 victory for them. Houston’s head coach, Kelvin Sampson, described the final minutes as chaotic, mentioning that everything seemed to go wrong, as if following Murphy’s Law. He noted missed free throws, unpredictable ball bounces, and the Aggies’ success in making challenging three-point shots.Emanuel Sharp goes to the rim against Texas A&M.

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His guard, Emanuel Sharp, had an impressive 30-point performance in the game, but unfortunately, he fouled out in overtime along with three other Cougars players.

This year’s March Madness journey for the Cougars holds special significance due to the passing of their former star player, Reggie Chaney, at the age of 23 in August.

Chaney played a key role in Houston’s journey to the Final Four in 2021, and his memory is honored by displaying his jersey number, 32, on each player’s uniform.

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After the thrilling overtime victory on Sunday, guard Jamal Shead shared that Coach Sampson encouraged the team to honor Chaney’s memory and give their best effort. His win also marks a notable achievement, as all eight teams seeded 1 and 2 have advanced to the Sweet 16, a rare occurrence in NCAA tournament history.

With the round of 16 now set, fans can look forward to exciting matchups in the upcoming games.

Here is the full set of games for the Sweet 16 of the 2024 men’s March Madness (all times in ET):

Thursday, March 28

 Arizona vs. Clemson, 7:09 p.m. on CBS

 UConn vs.  San Diego State, 7:39 p.m. on TBS/truTV

North Carolina vs. Alabama, 9:39 p.m. on CBS

Iowa State vs.  Illinois, 10:09 p.m. on TBS/truTV

Friday, March 29

Marquette vs.  NC State, 7:09 p.m. on CBS

 Purdue vs.  Gonzaga, 7:39 p.m. on TBS/truTV

 Houston vs. Duke, 9:39 p.m. on CBS

 Tennessee vs.  Creighton, 10:09 p.m. on TBS/truTV

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