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NMSU confident going into NCAA Tournament vs. Clemson

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Lisa Bryan | 12 March, 2018, 09:25

The victor of that game will advance to the Sweet Sixteen in Omaha, Neb., which could also feature traditional powers and top-three seeds Kansas, Duke and Michigan State in the Midwest Region.

But he promised the Aggies would be a tough out.

"I do feel confident with our team", Brownell said. "But I think Michigan State is going to win that region". We're playing a team out on the West Coast that has to travel from the East Coast. We've been able to win on the road and on neutral courts this season. NMSU will face 5th-seeded Clemson Friday in San Diego. Miami is a No. 6 seed in the tournament. "We're going to take advantage of every opportunity we have". Virginia fans chanted his name and gave him a standing ovation when he went to the bench.

This marks the first time the Tigers have been back to the NCAA Tourney since Brad Brownell's first season (2011). The seed is the second-highest in school history, behind a No. 1 seed in 1999.

The Tigers were the No. 4 seed in the tournament and are 23-9 as they await their NCAA fate.

Jans did not know much about Clemson on Sunday, but, obviously, the work on scouting the Tigers begins right away. Grantham tore his ACL in a victory against Notre Dame in January.


Tigers leading scorer Marcquise Reed, averaging better than 16 points, was held to six on 2-for-14 shooting.

"We're really excited", Harris said. "When we play well we're a dog-gone good team".

We will have more in-depth coverage heading into this game on Friday, but it's clear that it will take Clemson having some solid guard play. Villanova faced LIU Brooklyn in the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and came out with a win by a final of 101-91.

In their recent string of losses, disjointed play has been the Tigers' Achilles' heel, with foul trouble, turnovers, and nearly no production from the perimeter haunting an offense that basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy has among the nation's 20 best. "We have a lot confidence, our bodies are pretty healthy and I think our mental fatigue is pretty good".

"I got a guarantee for you, Auburn will be playing the Big Dance next year - guaranteed", Barkley said before the first-round game between MI and Oklahoma State last year.

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