LEXINGTON, KY -- Even during the doldrums of a terrible freshman season, Acie Law remained confident that Texas A&M would eventually become a basketball power.
Of course, he figured he'd be an alum by the time the Aggies blossomed. Instead, thanks in large part to Law, the Aggies took the fast lane to success.
Three years after that ugly debut season when the Aggies were winless in 16 Big 12 games, Law has become one of the nation's most dynamic point guards. He led the Aggies within a whisker of its first Big 12 regular-season title and a third seed in the NCAA tournament's South region. There was even some sentiment the Aggies deserved a better seed.
But Law is thinking a lot more about the experiences of his junior year than his freshman one. The 25-and-six Aggies race a first-round matchup today against 14th-seeded, 22-and-eight Pennsylvania.
Last year, as a 12th seed, A&M knocked off fifth-seeded Syracuse in the opening round and nearly beat L-S-U, which advanced to the Final Four, in the second. The Aggies know as well as anybody that upsets not only can but do happen in March.