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Islanders complete improbable eight-season trek

Just a few years ago, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi didn't have a basketball team. Now the Islanders are in the Big Dance.

Updated: March 14, 2007, 4:54 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Page 2

HOUSTON -- With two seconds left, everything went into slow motion. There was a baseball pass … then a second pass, intercepted by a blur in a white uniform. And then it was over.

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi players celebrated in typical style -- sprinting to center court, massing into a giant collective hug before donning their championship T-shirts. But there is nothing typical about their story.

The coach … well, he took another leap. Pretty similar to the one he took ...

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