NO. 5 AUBURN VS. NO. 12 NEW MEXICO STATE
At Vivint Smart Home Arena.


Tipoff: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
TV: TNT.
Records: Auburn 26-9 (11-7 SEC); NMSU 30-4 (15-1 WAC).
Series history: First meeting.
About the Tigers: Auburn has won eight straight games to earn a No. 5 in the Midwest Region. … The Tigers’ top scorers are guards Jared Harper (15.2) and Bryce Brown (15.8). … Auburn had gone 14 years without an NCAA Tournament appearance before last March, when the Tigers beat College of Charleston and lost to Clemson… Former Jazz forward Chris Morris’ 36-point performance in 1988 is an Auburn record for an NCAA game.
About the Aggies: NMSU coach Chris Jans is 58-10 in two seasons, including 27-3 in Western Athletic Conference play. One of those losses came at Utah Valley last year. … Nine players averaged 5.0-plus points in WAC play, with guard Terrell Brown the only double-figures scorer (12.9). … Like Auburn, the Aggies lost to Clemson in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, falling 79-68 in a first-round game in San Diego.