Oh yes, yes, yes, Texas A&M’s double-overtime victory over Northern Iowa on Sunday in the NCAA tournament was definitely a miracle. Definitely.
Just look at this. When the Aggies’ Adam Caruso missed a 3-point attempt with 37 seconds left, Northern Iowa’s odds of holding onto its 69-57 lead and winning the game hit 99.99 percent, according to @numberfire, a Fan Duel company that tracks these kinds of things.
Ninety-nine-point-nine-nine percent. That’s a lock. Take it to the bank. Go to bed.
If you went to bed, you missed history. You missed the biggest last-minute comeback, not just in NCAA tournament history, in the history of NCAA Division I basketball. You missed a miracle.
You missed this:
That’s the reaction of somebody seeing something they’ve never seen before. This is what she witnessed, in case you missed it:
And to think, the matchup everybody wanted to see as the Aggies against those old rival Texas Longhorns, who were sent home from Oklahoma City by those same purple-clad Panthers from Northern Iowa, who moved on with a half-court Hail Mary.
A&M’s victory left its fans – those who stuck around inside the arena and in front of their flat screens – literally gasping, and then celebrating the Aggies’ advancement to the Sweet 16.
Then it was finally back to the locker room to let the madness sink in.
Once the reality of what had happened, how they had scored 70 points in the second half and two overtimes, and 14 points in the final 33 seconds of regulation to get to the first overtime, the Aggies did what all society does, they expressed themselves on social media.