Mar 17, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Saint Louis Billikens guard Kwamain Mitchell (3) drives around Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Darius Theus (10) during the first half of the championship game of the Atlantic 10 at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
(KSDK Sports) -- The Atlantic 10 champion Saint Louis Billikens will enter the NCAA Tournament as a 4 seed, and will take on the Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State.
New Mexico State fended off a furious rally by UT Arlington with less than two minutes left, getting 16 points, 15 rebounds and five block shots from Sim Bhullar to pull out a 64-55 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night for its second straight Western Athletic Conference championship and automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
With Saturday's victory, New Mexico State has now won six straight WAC tournament games by at least nine points, and by an overall average margin of 14.3 points per win. Since joining the WAC in 2005-06, the Aggies have a 17-4 record in the conference tournament, and previously won the title in 2007, 2010 and 2012.
"The component is recruiting kids from good families," Menzies said. "One parent or two parents, it doesn't matter. Our kids come from good stock.
"And we've had some life lessons this year, I'm glad we've reached one of our goals. We wanted to dance for [senior] Bandja Sy for a third time; a lot of teams can't say that."