LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) — New Mexico State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019 and will be in a familiar place trying to upset a first round.
The WAC champion Aggies (26-6) received a 12th seed in March Madness and will travel to Buffalo, NY, to face 5th seeded UConn (23-9) of the Big East on Thursday.
This is NMSU’s third straight trip to the Big Dance in which they have received a 12th place finish. The Aggies got a 12 in 2018 and 2019, losing to Clemson and Auburn respectively.
It was a full starting line higher than most brackets had brought the Aggies into the tournament and even head coach Chris Jans was surprised.
“I was a little surprised to be honest with you. I thought we would be a 13 or even a 14,” Jans said, moments after being visibly surprised by the game. He added that he hasn’t seen the Huskies play all year.
New Mexico State is seeking its first official NCAA Tournament victory since 1970, after victories in the early 1990s were overturned by the NCAA.
A time and whistleblower network for Game 1 of the NMSU in Buffalo has yet to be announced.
This article will be updated.