Auburn basketball a 4 seed in first NCAA tournament appearance since 2003

12 March, 2018, 09:23 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Greg Gumbel calls Auburn 'Mike Pearl's team' on selection show

The one seeds for this year's tournament are Kansas (Midwest), Xavier (West), Villanova (East) and Virginia (South).

The Tigers will open play on Friday in San Diego, California in the Midwest Region, taking on New Mexico State (28-5 record).

The Tigers, who received an at-large bid out of the Southeastern Conference, lead 3-0 in the all-time series with the Cougars and both schools last faced each other in the 2012 ESPN Charleston Classic (L, 51-55) at TD Arena. If Auburn advances past the first weekend, it will play in Omaha for the potential Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups. He was averaging 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

The Clemson Tigers are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years. "All they've done all season long is win".

Carolina lost to Arkansas in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.




NMSU first has to get through Clemson.

Gumble meant to say Bruce Pearl, of course. He previously took UNC Wilmington in 2003 and 2006, Wright State in 2007 and Clemson in 2011. Auburn is a solid team, however, the Tigers have lost 3 of their last 4 games and Charleston is an experienced team that can really get at you on the defensive end, I think Charleston will be able to do enough to cover with the points.

The Tigers from SC feature four players in Marcquise Reed, Gabe DeVoe, Shelton Mitchell and Elijah Thomas who average double-figure scoring. The Tigers are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc.

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.

"I think this team has what it takes to win tournament games", said NMSU head coach Chris Jans. "It's been a dream for me and a lot of my teammates just watching the tournament", sophomore point guard Jared Harper said. I'm definitely going to do my research so we can be as prepared as we can.

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