Record: 26-9 How they got here: Won WAC Tournament Strengths: New Mexico State boasts imposing height, with Sim Bhullar (7-5) and Tshilidzi Nephawe (6-10) both contributing heavily to the team and freshman Tanveer Bhullar (7-3) is sitting out this season to adapt to college conditioning. Coach Marvin Menzies, who previously was an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville, has built a steady recruiting pipeline to Canada and boasts seven total international players on his roster. The Aggies predictably control the paint, helping the team enter the final week of the regular season ranked 11th nationally in field-goal percentage (.489) and sixth in blocks (6.4 bpg). New Mexico State is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Weaknesses: Emotions have gotten the best of the Aggies this season, with guards K.C. Ross-Miller and DK Elkridge at the center of a brawl following a 66-61 overtime loss at Utah Valley. The team played a strong nonconference schedule but dropped games against the toughest competition, including losses to Colorado State, New Mexico, Gonzaga and Arizona.
Stephen R. Sylvanie, USA Today Sports
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