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N.C. A&T Aggies in NCAA tourney for first time since 1995


Cinderella teams. Underdogs. Top seeded teams sent home after a come-out-of-nowhere upset. It's the drama that puts the madness in March Madness.

For the North Carolina A-and-T Aggies from Greensboro - Thursday night was their chance to inspire fans across the country in hopes of unseating number one overall seed Louisville.

Fans in Charlotte packed a local Hickory Tavern Thursday night to support their team in their first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1995.

"I was nine years old then so I mean as an alum I'm extremely excited to see them in the tournament," remembered Jonathan Grice of Charlotte. 

It's the same way for fellow alum Ebony Barnes who said, "I remember it but I think it's more exciting to me now to be able to see them."

The fans were hoping for another win like Tuesday's night game against Liberty and Grice was feeling good about his team's chances.

"That's the beauty of March Madness," he said. "We saw our conference mate Norfolk State take down a two seed so I think it's time for a one seed. I think it's time for us to beat them --this is the year.

Turns out -- this isn't their year. The Aggies lost by 31 points but Barnes says that doesn't matter.

"Aggie pride is nationwide, that will never die no matter what," she said. "I'm always an Aggie always going to root for them no matter what. I don't care what number they are. They win or They lose, they're still my Aggies."

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