North Texas appeared to have the Sun Belt championship all but locked-up, leading Arkansas-Little Rock by five with just over a minute to play. But the Trojans came roaring back, aided by untimely North Texas turnovers and clutch free throw shooting. With 16 seconds to go, Matt Mouzy drained a three to make it a one-point game before North Texas hit one of two free throws to take a two-point lead into the final possession.
For the first time in 21 years, Arkansas-Little Rock is dancing after earning the Sun Belt's automatic bid.
After the game, Bozeman recalled his game-winning shot, channeling his inner Greg Jennings and putting the team on his back. He said playing for the tie never crossed his mind as he was trying to make history for the Trojans.
"I wanted to make history. I'm not a guy who likes going for ties. I like going for the win. I'm going to put the team on my back."
Yes, March is definitely upon us and Arkansas-Little Rock's thrilling win is likely the first of many in the next few weeks. It's in these small conference tournaments, though, with only one NCAA Tournament bid to go around, that we see moments of glory and the agony of defeat on display as a warmup for the big dance.