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.
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.