12-seed New Mexico State touched down in Salt Lake City on Tuesday night in advance of its first round NCAA Tournament game with 5-seed Auburn on Thursday.
The Aggies are looking to finally pull off the March Madness upset that has long-eluded them. NMSU hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 1993, but the last official Aggie tournament win came in 1970.
NMSU left Las Cruces with much fanfare and arrived in Utah with a similarly warm welcome. The Aggies are excited to be back on college basketball’s biggest stage.
“It’s what every coach works for every year,” said NMSU head coach Chris Jans. “It’s the best part of the year, March Madness, all eyes on college basketball. It’s an exciting time of year and we’re just ready to play.”
“Our emotions are everywhere right now. It’s a great experience. It’s a lot of excitement. A lot of our fans are here, a lot of people here,” point guard A.J. Harris said.
The Aggies and Tigers will tip off at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday morning in Utah. The game can be seen on TNT.