5 seed in NCAA tournament, will face New Mexico State on Friday

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5 seed in NCAA tournament, will face New Mexico State on Friday

The Clemson Tigers (23-9 record) were announced as a No. 5 seed on Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. If Auburn advances past the first weekend, it will play in Omaha for the potential Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups.

NMSU (28-5) will be looking for its first NCAA Tournament win since 1993 and have lost 10 straight NCAA Tournament games since its last win in the tournament. "I will have two of the teams working with me for at least the next 48 hours and focusing just on the College of Charleston". Sophomore guard and leading scorer Mustapha Heron has proven to be a real presence when he gets to the rim, coupled with the quick feet of sophomore guard Jared Harper running the point, The Tigers have a relentlessly high-tempo offense that can widen the floor and make unexpected runs if opposing teams aren't careful. He previously took UNC Wilmington in 2003 and 2006, Wright State in 2007 and Clemson in 2011. "I'm glad they get to feel this".

"I see no reason why these kids won't rise to the level of play that is required to win games in the tournament".

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The teams' only common opponent is Hofstra, which Auburn defeated 89-79 on November 19 and College of Charleston topped 76-70 on January 20. All those guys can shoot 3s, average over 17 points a game. "We're going to take advantage of every opportunity we have". Tennessee, which tied Auburn for the conference title in the regular season, earned a 3 seed. Marcquise Reed was named to the All-ACC second-team, Gabe DeVoe earned All-ACC honorable mention, while Elijah Thomas was named to the All-ACC Defensive team.

That game came three days after senior forward Donte Grantham, who averaged 14 points, went down with a season-ending knee injury against Notre Dame.

In their recent string of losses, disjointed play has been the Tigers' Achilles' heel, with foul trouble, turnovers, and nearly no production from the perimeter haunting an offense that basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy has among the nation's 20 best. To this team's credit, we fixed a lot that was ailing us.

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"I know when I came here, one of the things that (former AD) Jay Jacobs and I talked about ... they were exhausted of Auburn basketball being a ball and chain around the league", said fourth-year head coach Bruce Pearl.

In case you were wondering, Auburn is a 10.5 point favorite over College of Charleston. "I'm going with the upset", Barkley said.

"I'm ready. My team is ready". "I think we're playing as well as we have all year long, which is, obviously, what any coach in America shoots for. As a good defender, I just like to know what my matchup is like".

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