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28-6, 2nd in WAC

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Among those expected to interview at New Mexico State: Jesse Bopp, UCLA's David Grace, TCU's Ryan Miller, sources told ESPN. Wichita State's Chris Jans also involved.

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97dGreg Rosenstein

Tournament Challenge: USC's upset over SMU causes a stir

Through six games Friday of the 2017 NCAA tournament, here's a look at what the results mean for the ESPN Tournament Challenge:Following USC's win over SMU, 4,648 perfect brackets remained out of 18,797,085.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

After suffering two straight tournament upsets, No. 3 seed Baylor comfortably advances past New Mexico State, 91-73. Al Freeman's career-high 21 points off the bench led the way. The Bears will face the winner of SMU-USC.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor has imposed its will in the second half, and bench scoring is a big reason why. The Bears have 36 points off the bench, including 19 from Terry Maston and 17 from Al Freeman, the game's two high scorers. The duo already has combined for 11 in the second half with 11:24 to play.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

After a shaky first half, Baylor has finally taken control in Tulsa. The Bears have locked up New Mexico State defensively, and are getting into the paint at will at the other end. Baylor beginning to roll, 58-47.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor has lost two straight tournament openers as a top five seed, and the third-seeded Bears are in trouble again here in Tulsa. New Mexico State is shooting 50 percent from the field against the rangy Bears, including a 3 before the halftime buzzer.  The Aggies lead 40-38.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a dance-off in Tulsa

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor's Jo Lual-Acuil with perhaps the block of the tournament so far, as the 7-footer sails through the air to pin Eli Chuha's seemingly wide-open layup attempt against the glass. Baylor can't do much offensively right now against New Mexico State, but the Bears are defending, clinging to a 22-19 lead.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor has roared back to take a 16-13 lead with a frenetic 13-2 run. Al Freeman has keyed the Baylor charge with five quick points and a steal off the bench.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

The length of Baylor's zone is already giving New Mexico State problems. The Bears have four blocked shots in the game's first five minutes. But at the other end of the court, New Mexico State's quickness is causing issues, as the Bears already have four turnovers. The Aggies with an early 11-5 lead.

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ESPN's BPI favors 3rd-seeded Baylor over 14th-seeded New Mexico State, but recent history is not on the Bears' side. Baylor has lost in the first round as a top-5 seed in each of the last two NCAA tournaments.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

The last two years, Baylor has suffered two of the biggest upsets in the opening round of the tournament, losing to Georgia State as a 3 seed two years ago, and to Yale as a 5 seed last year. Said Baylor coach Scott Drew, as his third-seeded Bears head into Friday's game with No. 14 seed New Mexico State: "Anything can happen. Doesn't matter what you're seeded, doesn't matter what you're ranked, what people say. That's the beauty of March Madness. It's not a best out of seven series."

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New Mexico State's last NCAA tournament win came in 1993, and the Aggies have lost a school-record nine straight since that appearance. Meanwhile, not a single team from the WAC has won a tournament game since 2007. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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100dJohn Gasaway

The numbers to know for all 68 tourney teams

How good is UCLA's up-tempo offense? And just how powerful is Gonzaga's inside attack? We've got the most important numbers for the Bruins and Zags, plus the rest of the field.

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The 14th-seeded Aggies face an ice-cold foe in Baylor, but that's not likely to lead to an upset in Tulsa, Oklahoma later this week.

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After vaulting itself into No. 1 seed conversation with its ACC tournament championship Saturday night, eight-loss Duke gets the No. 2 seed in the East region. Baylor gets the No. 3 seed, while AAC champion SMU faces the play-in game winner between Providence and USC in what should be an intriguing matchup.

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Aggies claim WAC championship (0:46)
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New Mexico State takes WAC title, auto bid

New Mexico State rallied in the second half to defeat Cal State Bakersfield 70-60 on Saturday night and win the Western Athletic Conference tourney title for the fifth time in the past six years.

Team Stats

Points Per Game78.850th
Rebounds Per Game39.425th
Assists Per Game14.985th
Points Allowed67.965th

Tournament History

Final Fours1
Tournament Record10-24
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances22