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No. 5 Clemson vs. No. 12 New Mexico State: Game Time, Channel, Betting Line, Prediction

Elijah Thomas slaps five with a teammate on Clemson.

SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 18: Elijah Thomas #14 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with teammates as they take on the Auburn Tigers in the second half during the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 18, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The No. 5 seed Clemson Tigers will take on the No. 12 seed New Mexico State Aggies in a first-round matchup in the Midwest Region on Friday. The game will be played at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif. Tip time is set for approximately 9:57 p.m. ET.

Preview: Clemson was a surprise in the ACC this year. The Tigers earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and made it all the way to the semifinals in the conference tournament. As guards Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe and Sheldon Mitchell go, so go the Tigers.

The Aggies won the WAC, going 28-5 on the season. Zach Lofton (19.7) is the man to watch for NMSU.

You can check out the entire NCAA Tournament bracket here. You can also see all 68 teams in the tournament here.

Date: Friday, March 16

Time: Approximately 9:57 p.m. ET

TV Channel: truTV

Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif.

Announcers: Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli / John Schriffen

Opening Betting Line: Clemson -4 1/2 via 5Dimes

The Tigers are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011. They have made 12 tournaments all-time.

The Aggies are in their 24th all-time NCAA Tournament and made the Final Four once, in 1970.

Prediction: Clemson has the potential to make some noise in this bracket. We like the Tigers to win this game.