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ESPN tabs Clemson as the No. 1 team most likely to get upset in March Madness

Brad Brownell and the Clemson men’s basketball team are going dancing and earned a strong seeding at No. 6. With a strong seeding, still comes a more difficult game for the Tigers.

The Tigers drew New Mexico for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, one of the most challenging teams to earn a No. 11 seed. The Lobos have talent and have proven to be a competitive team throughout the season. They are such a strong squad that the Tigers head into this matchup as the underdogs.

ESPN recently released an article listing the 10 most likely first-round upsets in March Madness ($$$), with Clemson being No. 1 on the list. 

“Yes, we heartily agree with other laptops, Vegas, social media and that know-it-all relative. This looks like a game where the Lobos are straight-up favorites. UNM’s Jamal Mashburn Jr. and Jaelen House form arguably one of the better backcourts in the entire field. The committee might view this bid as having been “stolen” by New Mexico, but Richard Pitino’s group is quite capable of advancing.”

Concluding their regular season on a high note, New Mexico wrapped up with a commendable 26-9 record, clinching the Mountain West Tournament title in Las Vegas and punching their ticket to the big tournament. On the flip side, Clemson’s journey saw them finishing the regular season with a 21-11 record, although their ACC Tournament run was cut short in the second round after a disappointing 76-55 defeat to Boston College.

While Brownell and the Tigers boast undeniable talent, their success hinges on hitting their stride at the critical juncture.

Story originally appeared on Clemson Wire