The Clemson Tigers and the College of Charleston Cougars could face off in a second-round matchup if they both win their opening round NCAA Tournament games.
The Clemson Tigers (23-9) earned a #5 seed in the West regional, drawing a round-of-64 game with the 12th-seeded New Mexico State Aggies (28-5), who made the tournament after winning the WAC Tournament Championship.
The College of Charleston Cougars (26-7), will play as a #13 seed against 4th-seeded Auburn (25-7), who won a share of the SEC regular season title.
Clemson, making its first tournament appearance since 2011, and has never faced New Mexico State.
Head Coach Brad Brownell is happy that his team’s season has the opportunity to continue:
College of Charleston is making its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance, its first since 2009 and also its first as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The Cougars are 0-3 in school history against Auburn, last facing off in the 2012 Charleston Classic at TD Arena.
In a statement from College of Charleston Head Coach Earl Grant, he said:
“We are excited and happy to be in the NCAA Tournament. We are battle tested. We have experience, size, depth and toughness. We’ve been able to win on the road and on neutral courts this season. We are built to win. I think this team has some destiny in them. We just need to come up with a good game plan and try to put our best foot forward.”
If the two teams from the Palmetto State were to meet, it would be the first such meeting in postseason play. Clemson holds a 9-2 series advantage over the Cougars during regular season action.
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College of Charleston will kick off Friday’s night session in San Diego against Auburn at 7:27 PM ET on truTV followed by Clemson vs. New Mexico State at 9:57 PM, also on truTV.