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Northern Iowa Had A 100-Percent Chance Of Winning … And Then Lost

Northern Iowa was up by 12 with 34 seconds to go in the game and somehow let Texas A&M back into it. The Aggies won 92-88 after two overtimes.
Northern Iowa Had A 100-Percent Chance Of Winning … And Then Lost

Texas A&M is headed to the Sweet 16, but it's coming at the expense of Northern Iowa.  

"Just when I thought I was about to be sent home, about to start crying on the bench, here I am in the Sweet 16," Texas A&M's Jalen Jones said. 

"We should be moving on. Credit them for making some plays, but we were 30 seconds away," Northern Iowa's Matt Bohannon said

On Sunday, the 11th-seeded Northern Iowa Panthers were up 69-57 with 34 seconds to go in the game and on the brink of upsetting the No. 3-seeded Texas A&M Aggies. 

It was a pretty safe lead. The Panthers had better than a 99-percent chance of winning the game. All they had to do was safely inbound the ball a few times. 

Fast-forward 34 seconds and four turnovers, and the Aggies were able to tie things up and force two overtimes. Texas A&M ended up winning 92-88.

"I don't care if you're playing the Golden State Warriors — they can't come back and beat you if you're up 12 with 34 seconds to go. I was going to say I've never seen anything like it, but none of us have ever seen anything like it. Ever. It's never happened," CBS Sports' Gary Parrish said.

To give you an idea of just how quick of a turn the game took, check out this game trend graph from FiveThirtyEight. That sudden gap closure is that comeback. 

But March Madness is March Madness. The highs come with lows and the lows come with the highs. 

Texas A&M will take on No. 2-seed Oklahoma on Thursday. 

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