Clemson lands No. 5 seed in NCAA Tournament, draws New Mexico State

Clemson lands No. 5 seed in NCAA Tournament, draws New Mexico State

Clemson is the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament, but the first round will be the end of the road for the Tigers, TBS commentator Charles Barkley says.

Kansas (27-7) is the top seed in the Midwest Region. If Auburn advances past the first weekend, it will play in Omaha for the potential Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups. Villanova faced LIU Brooklyn in the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and came out with a win by a final of 101-91. 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.

Clemson (23-9, 11-7) earned an at-large bid after finishing fourth in the ACC regular-season standings and losing to No. 1 overall seed Virginia 64-58 in the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Carolina lost to Arkansas in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.

Seated amid three generations of Pearls, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl began pointing at the big screen, confident Auburn would be the next team to flash on the monitor. "All I am saying is we are just going to compete, play hard and play with heart".

New Mexico State is a solid team that has played well all season. The Tigers are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. I think this team has some destiny in them.

College of Charleston is 26-7 and in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999.

With Grantham out, Marcquise Reed and Gabe DeVoe stepped up.

Although Auburn enters the NCAA tournament with a solid early and midseason resume of wins against Arkansas and Tennessee, the Tigers recently hit a wall when they needed consistency most, dropping four of their last six games.

"We've got to get back to playing our best basketball", Pearl said. "Their unity is as good as any as I've ever coached", Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett said. Competitive enough to win the league and go to the NCAA Tournament.