NMSU Men's Basketball Earns 12 Seed, Will Face 5-Seed Auburn In Salt Lake City On Thursday

The 2019 Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion New Mexico State Aggies men's basketball team earned a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face 5th seeded Auburn in the first round in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday, March 21st with the tip-off scheduled for 11:30 a.m MDT. The game will be nationally televised on TNT.

The Auburn Tigers finished 26-9 overall and 11-7 in SEC play and are fresh off winning the SEC Tournament title 84-64 over Tennessee on Sunday. The Tigers won four games in four days to notch their first conference tournament title since 1985.

The Tigers were also in the NCAA tournament last season and were in the San Diego regional with New Mexico State. The two teams would have met in the second round had the Aggies beaten first round opponent Clemson, however, the Aggies fell to the Tigers in the first round. Clemson then routed Auburn in the second round.

This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools in men's basketball.