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Stepping up to the stage

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 16, 2007, 11:28 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Page 2

CHICAGO -- The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team had a run-in with the police early Wednesday morning. Actually, it was more like a "run-behind."

The Islanders' bus got a police escort to Corpus Christi International Airport as the team headed for Chicago and its first-ever NCAA Tournament game. There were well-wishers waiting for them at the airport, and some say this is the biggest thing that has ever happened to the city.

Also waiting for the Islanders at the airport ...

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