Auburn basketball: Seed, first-round opponent, site for 2018 NCAA Tournament


They are a team that can definitely give the Tigers fits. This time, at least two will meet. The Tigers will face No. 12 New Mexico State (28-5) on Friday at 9:57 pm on TruTV. The Midwest Region will have its Sweet Sixteen games played in Omaha, Nebraska.

New Mexico State coach Chris Jans didn't promise any wins in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

Preparations began nearly as soon as the bracket was revealed Sunday evening.

Gumble meant to say Bruce Pearl, of course. "We've got to get our identity in our man stuff and our zone stuff, and again, it's all about making plays, but we're prepared". Charleston is 51-16 in the past two years. Houston is a streaky team, but when they're off, they're way off. San Diego State has selective patience if that can be considered a style of play. If they can get the three-ball going, Clemson could go far in this tournament.

Salt scored all eight of his points and snatched six of his game-high eight rebounds after halftime. "We're going to take advantage of every opportunity we have".

NMSU punched their ticket to the dance with a 72-58 win over Grand Canyon in the WAC Tournament championship game.

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The two teams share four common opponents - Hofstra, Temple, Florida and SC. Offensively, Charleston has been led by Grant Riller (18.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Joe Chealey (18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.6 apg), Jarrell Brantley (17.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), and Cameron Johnson (8.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg). Leading the way for the Cougars was Joe Chealey who had 32 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

The Tigers will need Shelton Mitchell, Marcquise Reed, and Gabe DeVoe to rise to the occasion. Like Auburn (who is without center Anfernee McLemore), Clemson will be without a key frontcourt player in Donte Grantham, who tore his ACL 14 games into the season.

"I think we are in a good spot", Jans said. The victor of that second-round game will face the victor from Clemson and Auburn's side of the bracket in Sweet Sixteen play. "If we happen to see them, we'll know a lot about them".

The Tigers are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.

"I'm so happy for coach and the fans and the team", NMSU guard Zach Lofton said.

Auburn opened as an 11-point favorite over College Charleston, per "I think we're playing as well as we have all year long, which is, obviously, what any coach in America shoots for".