Mountain West Sends Two Men's Basketball Teams to NCAA Tournament

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    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two Mountain West teams will participate in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with Sunday's bracket announcement. Mountain West regular-season champion San Diego State received an at-large bid, joining Mountain West tournament champion and automatic qualifier New Mexico in the 68-team field.

    No. 4 Seed San Diego State Aztecs vs. No. 13 Seed New Mexico State Aggies - West Region
    Thursday, March 20 - 6:57 p.m. PT
    Veterans Memorial Arena - Spokane, Wash.

    Number 4 seed San Diego State (29-4) received its third straight NCAA at-large selection after capturing the Mountain West regular-season crown and advancing to the championship of the MW tournament. The Aztecs will square off against Western Athletic Conference tournament champion and No. 13 seed New Mexico State (26-9) in the West Region on Thursday, March 20 at Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. San Diego State is making a school-record fifth straight appearance, and 10th overall, in the NCAA tournament, including a Sweet 16 run in 2011.

    A Closer Look at San Diego State:

  • Campus Insiders preview: Aztecs Final Four Bound?
  • San Diego State is currently ranked No. 11 and 17 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches' polls, respectively.
  • San Diego State vs. 2014 NCAA tournament field: 4-3 (0-1 vs. Arizona; 1-0 vs. Creighton; 1-0 vs. Kansas; 1-2 vs. New Mexico).
  • This will be San Diego State's eighth outing against New Mexico State. The Aztecs are 4-3 all-time vs. the Aggies, with the most recent matchup being a 94-79 SDSU loss on Nov. 24, 2001 in Las Cruces.
  • The winner of the San Diego State-New Mexico State game will take on the winner of No. 5 seed Oklahoma (23-9) vs. No. 12 seed North Dakota State (25-6). The Sooners earned an at-large bid from the Big 12 Conference, while the Bison claimed the Summit League tournament crown to earn the conference's automatic bid.
  • San Diego State is 1-3 all-time vs. Oklahoma, earning its first victory in the series with a 70-55 decision in the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament.
  • San Diego State has won all three of its meetings with North Dakota State, but the two teams haven’t squared off against each other since 1971.

    No. 7 Seed New Mexico Lobos vs. No. 10 Seed Stanford Cardinal - South Region
    Friday, March 21 - 12:40 p.m. CT
    ScottTrade Center - St. Louis, Mo.

    New Mexico (27-6) claimed the Mountain West tournament crown and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a 64-58 victory over San Diego State on Saturday. The Lobos, who earned a No. 7 seed in the South Region, will take on No. 10 seed and Pac-12 at-large selection the Stanford Cardinal (21-12) on Friday, March 21 at ScottTrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. This marks the Lobos' fourth NCAA tournament appearance in five years and 15th overall.

    A Closer Look at New Mexico:

  • Campus Insiders preview: Elite Eight for the Lobos?
  • New Mexico is currently ranked No. 20 and 17 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches' polls, respectively.
  • New Mexico vs. 2014 NCAA Tournament field: 4-3 (1-0 vs. Cincinnati; 0-1 vs. Kansas; 1-1 vs. New Mexico State; 2-1 vs. San Diego State).
  • This will be New Mexico's third meeting with Stanford. The Lobos are 1-2 vs. the Cardinal with their most recent matchup ending in an 81-66 loss for UNM on Nov. 17, 2001 in Albuquerque.
  • The winner of the New Mexico-Stanford contest will take on the winner of No. 2 Kansas (24-9) vs. No. 15 Eastern Kentucky (24-9). The Jayhawks received an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference, while the Colonels earned an automatic bid after capturing the Ohio Valley Conference tournament crown.
  • New Mexico holds a 1-2 record vs. Kansas, with its last meeting coming in the form of an 80-63 loss in Kansas City on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • New Mexico has never played Eastern Kentucky.