According to NMSU Athletics, men’s basketball NCAA Tournament tickets are almost sold out.
As KTSM 9 Sports previously reported, the Aggies men’s team is heading to Salt Lake City, Utah where they will take on No.5 Auburn in the first round of the Big Dance on Thursday.
NMSU Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said the NCAA allots the university 350 lower-level tickets with the option of picking up another 100 tickets on top of that to sell to fans.
Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Monday morning and Moccia said all 350 lower level tickets sold out in nearly four hours after they went on sale.
At the time Moccia spoke to KTSM on Monday afternoon, he said only 49 tickets from the other 100 were available.
Moccia said it’s an exciting experience for fans to travel to the tournament and cheer on the Aggies.
“There’s a national spotlight on New Mexico State that’s really brought about by the men’s and women’s teams so really it’s a great opportunity to put the institution in a tremendous positive light from a national perspective,” Moccia said.
Moccia says the fans can also take their high energy to Salt Lake City, giving the Aggies that home-court-advantage energy, saying they felt the energy at the Western Athletic Conference title game in Las Vegas where they defeated Grand Canyon University by 32 points.
“We had the majority of fans and they spurred the team on, certainly everyone knows what goes on at home games but I would sell this as a special thing.” Moccia said. “The tournament is not guaranteed so when you qualify for the tournament, I hope people really embrace it and appreciate it and say hey that’s someplace I want to be.”
The NMSU women’s basketball team also qualified for the NCAA Tournament, earning the No.14 seed and facing off against No.3 Iowa State in Ames, Iowa on Saturday.
Moccia encourages fans to try and make it out to the women’s game as well, saying he expects a similar ticket sale for that game. Those tickets are expected to go on sale Tuesday morning.
“There’s not a lot of teams that have both the men’s and women’s representing the institution at the same time, I’m sure its less than 20 schools out of the 68 and now you’re talking 20 out of 351 Division I schools, so it’s a really special thing for New Mexico State,” Moccia said.
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