NMSU & Clemson will battle in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

12 March, 2018, 09:22 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Michigan State forward Jaren Jackson Jr. celebrates with guard Matt Mc Quaid in the second half of their Big Ten basketball game against Maryland at the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Thursday

The victor will advance to play No. 5 seed Clemson or No. 12 seed New Mexico State on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16.

The Tigers, a five-seed, will be heading out to San Diego to play in the "Midwest Region."Clemson will take on New Mexico State on Friday at 9:57 p.m. on TruTV".

The Aggies are 2-2 as a No. 12 seed, including going to the Sweet 16 as No. 12 seed in 1992.

The Tigers are in the same bracket as No. 1 seed Kansas. No. 16 seed Penn.

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Clemson will face the victor of Charleston and Auburn. if it gets by the Aggies, and Barkley the Auburn graduate said on TBS that he is expecting Clemson to lose in round one.

The winners of those two games will face each other in the second round on Sunday. Auburn (2-3 in those games) defeated the Pride, lost to the Owls and Gators, and split with the Gamecocks. "To be in the top four seeds in this bracket is a tremendous statement for the regular-season champions".

Auburn's players and coaches celebrated Sunday evening in the F. Steve Taylor Family Auditorium, savoring the Tigers' return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.

Over their last 10 tournament appearances since that Elite Eight trip in their tournament debut, the Tigers are 6-10 in the NCAA Tournament. All have taken place since 1980. The 11 victories in conference play proved to be the most in Clemson history - tying the all-time record for wins in any conference. "Obviously they've won 28 games".

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A trio of Tigers earned All-ACC postseason accolades when the regular season concluded.

With Grantham out, Marcquise Reed and Gabe DeVoe stepped up. Sophomore guard and leading scorer Mustapha Heron has proven to be a real presence when he gets to the rim, coupled with the quick feet of sophomore guard Jared Harper running the point, The Tigers have a relentlessly high-tempo offense that can widen the floor and make unexpected runs if opposing teams aren't careful. Charleston trailed by a 36-23 margin at halftime, however, forced overtime after a Joe Chealey made a layup with just 12 seconds left in regulation and pulled away early in the OT period after taking a 77-71 lead with just 1:35 remaining.

Vegas odds are already in for the game and Clemson is now a 4.5 point favorite against the Aggies according to 5Dimes. This marks the third season in which Clemson has had that many averaging double-figures (2006-07; 2007-08).

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