Teddy Buckets: New Mexico State Upsets UConn 70-63
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Teddy Allen scored 37 points and New Mexico State won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time almost three decades, upsetting fifth-seeded Connecticut 70-63 to become the second No. 12 seed to advance out of the first round.
The Aggies advanced to face the winner of the Arkansas-Vermont game on Saturday in the West Region. In its 23rd NCAA appearance, the Aggies won for the first time since beating Syracuse in the first round in 1993.
Quick Teddy Allen story. I was at New Mexico State-Davidson early in the year. During a dead ball Allen walked up to me and said, “Watch me all year. I’m one of them ones, I promise.” 37 PTS in a win over UConn. Kudos, Mr. Allen.
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) March 18, 2022
New Mexico State had not been back to Upstate New York since beating Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
In Buffalo, Allen and the Aggies made another memory.
The Western Athletic Conference champions followed the tournament’s first 5-12 upset (Richmond over Iowa) onto the floor at KeyBank Center.