New Mexico State was just happy to be in the NCAA tournament last year, but led by Brampton’s Sim Bhullar, they are all business this time around.
Bhullar a 7-foot-5 centre led the school to the Western Athletic Conference tourney title last week, earning MVP honours and also was the WAC’s freshman of the year after averaging 10.2 points 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
The No. 13 seeds, with three other Canadians on the roster, will take on
No. 4 Saint Louis in the Midwest region’s second round.
Associate head coach Paul Weir, a Toronto native, said improved play from the team’s guards and from Bhullar, once he got the hang of the NCAA, turned around a season that looked lost when the Aggies got off to a 6-8 start.