Charles Barkley reacts to Auburn's NCAA bid, 'greatest season' in program history

Moritz Wagner #13 of the Michigan Wolverines raises his MVP trophy after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-66 during the championship game of the Big 10 Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden

They are a team that can definitely give the Tigers fits.

The Aggies already have a win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team, Miami, this year. This time, at least two will meet.

March Madness will take the Tigers to San Diego to play against New Mexico State on Friday. 12 seed in the Midwest Region and will play no. 5 Clemson on Friday, March 16th at 7:55 p.m. (MDT).

Preparations began nearly as soon as the bracket was revealed Sunday evening.

Seated amid three generations of Pearls, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl began pointing at the big screen, confident Auburn would be the next team to flash on the monitor. "I know all of us are comfortable where we are and the matchups that we have that we'll be able to advance". Charleston is 51-16 in the past two years.

1997 - No. 12 College of Charleston vs.

"I got a guarantee for you, Auburn will be playing the Big Dance next year - guaranteed", Barkley said before the first-round game between MI and Oklahoma State last year. "We're going to take advantage of every opportunity we have". The Wildcats bring a 30-4 overall record and a five game-winning streak into the NCAA Tournament.

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The two teams share four common opponents - Hofstra, Temple, Florida and SC. The Cougars are a 13 seed and they will play No.4 Auburn. Marcquise Reed was named to the All-ACC second-team, Gabe DeVoe earned All-ACC honorable mention, while Elijah Thomas was named to the All-ACC Defensive team. They've also won 14 of their past 15 games.

"We saw Clemson in the College of Charleston", Pearl said.

Clemson will face the victor of Charleston and Auburn. if it gets by the Aggies, and Barkley the Auburn graduate said on TBS that he is expecting Clemson to lose in round one. We have a lot of alums in Southern California and they are right there.

New Mexico State (28-5) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 after defeating Grand Canyon in Las Vegas to win the Western Athletic Conference title.

"I know when I came here, one of the things that (former AD) Jay Jacobs and I talked about ... they were exhausted of Auburn basketball being a ball and chain around the league", said fourth-year head coach Bruce Pearl.

"With everything they accomplished this year, this is the greatest season in Auburn basketball history", Barkley said.

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