No. 5 Clemson (23-9) will battle No. 12 New Mexico State (20-11) in a first-round battle in the Midwest Region of the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 16.
Clemson closed its regular season with a loss to Syracuse before beating Boston College in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Tigers were knocked out of the tournament by Virginia. Top-seeded New Mexico State took home the WAC Tournament crown with wins over Chicago State, Seattle and Grand Canyon.
Find game time, information and a preview below:
Clemson-New Mexico State game time, details
Time: 9:57 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego
Which TV channel is Clemson-New Mexico State on?
Clemson-New Mexico State will air live on truTV.
- AT&T U-verse: Channel 1164 (HD)
- DirecTV: Channel 246 (HD)
- Dish Network: Channel 9430 (HD)
- For all other networks, please use truTV’s channel finder.
How can I watch Clemson-New Mexico State online?
Clemson-New Mexico State basketball preview, keys to the game
Clemson holds a balanced scoring attack, with junior guard Marcquise Reed leading the way after averaging 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
Senior guard Gabe DeVoe (13.2 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game), junior guard Shelton Mitchell (12.0 ppg) and junior forward Elijah Thomas (10.8 ppg and 7.9 rpg) are expected to be heavy contributors.
The Tigers will have to go at it without senior forward Donte Grantham (14.2 ppg and 6.9 rpg), who tore his right ACL back in January.
Clemson has statement wins over No. 22 Florida, No. 18 Miami and No. 19 North Carolina. The Tigers dropped games against top teams No. 15 North Carolina, No. 2 Virginia, No. 12 Duke and No. 1 Virginia in the ACC Tournament.
This will be Clemson’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010-11. The Tigers made the tournament four consecutive years from 2007-08 until 2010-11 with three first-round exits and one second-round exit. Clemson made the regional final just one time, in 1979-80.
New Mexico will ride senior guard Zach Lofton (19.8 ppg) as far as he can take them, with senior forward Jemerrio Jones chipping in 11.0 ppg and 13.2 rpg.
Sophomore guard A.J. Harris (9.6 ppg), junior forward Eli Chuha (8.4 ppg) and junior guard Sidy N’Dir (8.0 ppg) should also be contributors for the Aggies.
New Mexico State showed it can hang with ACC squads, with a victory over No. 6 Miami back on December 23. Their only other game against a ranked opponent came with a blowout loss to No. 21 Saint Mary’s.
New Mexico State made the NCAA Tournament in five of the last seven years. The Aggies have never made it to a regional final, with five regional semifinal exits, including three consecutive years of nearly making it all the way from 1967-70.
The winner between Clemson and New Mexico State will move on to play the winner of No. 4 Auburn’s tilt with No. 13 Charleston.
ESPN’s matchup predictor lists Clemson as a heavy favorite with 73.1 percent chance of winning.
According to the ACC’s official website, the conference is the winningest in NCAA Tournament history, with a 66 percent winning percentage. It is the only conference not to have a losing record in NCAA Tournament play since 1987. Two teams from the conference have won a national title in the last three seasons (Duke in 2015 and North Carolina in 2017).
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