After winning the 2010 WAC Tournament and the league's automatic bid to the Big Dance all that was left for the team to do was wait and see what their seed would be and who they would play in the first round. The Aggies gathered at the Stan Fulton Center on the campus of New Mexico State along with their fans and watched as they were the first pairing announced on Selection Sunday.
The Aggies will face 5-seed Michigan State from the Big Ten. The Spartans (24-8, 14-4) finished with a 72-67 loss in overtime to Minnesota in the Big Ten semifinals. The Spartans played shorthanded without suspended starting guard Chris Allen. According to AP reports MSU head coach Tom Izzo declined to say whether the suspension would also include any NCAA Tournament games.
New Mexico State enters the tournament for the 18th time in program history. The Aggies hold an overall record of 22-11 and finished 12-5 in the WAC in a tie for second place with fellow NCAA Tournament participant Utah State.
The Aggies will play in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, March 19th. Spokane was also the site of the Aggies' last tournament appearance, a 79-67 loss No. 3-seed Texas and now NBA superstar Kevin Durant in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans are the defending national runner-up as they reached the championship game in Detroit, Mich. and faced eventual champion North Carolina who did not make this year's tournament field.