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New Mexico State Aggies vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

New Mexico State Aggies vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Razorbacks take on the upset-minded Aggies for a spot in the Sweet 16

A trip to the Sweet 16 will be on the line Saturday as the Arkansas Razorbacks will take on the New Mexico State Aggies at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.

Arkansas, the fourth seed in the West Region, defeated No. 13 Vermont 75-71 on Thursday night. New Mexico State played the role of a bracket buster after its 70-63 win against No. 5 UConn.

Arkansas is hoping to make the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season. The Razorbacks reached the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Baylor.

This will be the first-ever matchup on the hardwood between New Mexico State and Arkansas.

West Region: No. 12 New Mexico State (27-6) vs. No. 4 Arkansas (26-8)

Time: Saturday, March 19 at 8:40 p.m. ET
Where: KeyBank Center (Buffalo)
Spread: Arkansas -6.5

Keys for New Mexico State

The key for New Mexico State is simple: get leading scorer Teddy Allen involved early and often.

In the win against UConn, Allen scored 37 points to give the Aggies their first NCAA tournament victory since 1993. No other NMSU player finished the game in double figures.

Not only will New Mexico State need Allen to have another game for the ages, but it also needs to get contributions from some of its secondary players. Clayton Henry only scored eight points on Thursday night. Jabari Rice finished with nine points in 35 minutes.

Against a talented Arkansas team, all Aggie hands will need to be on deck.

Keys for Arkansas

Arkansas received all it could handle before pulling away from No. 14 Vermont on Thursday night. The Razorbacks will need a fast start from JD Notae, who came up big against the Catamounts.

Notae scored all 17 of his points in the second half to help hold off Vermont's rally. He leads the Razorbacks in points (18.4), assists (3.7), and steals (2.1). Stanley Umude led the way with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting (3-for-4 from 3-point range) to go along with nine rebounds.