Stanford makes Big Dance, draws New Mexico in first round matchup

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

We're off to St. Louis for round 1

Do your dancing shoes still fit? It's been a while.

For the first time since 2008, the Stanford Cardinal fought their way into the NCAA tournament, and Johnny Dawkins and company draw New Mexico in the first round.

The Mountain West champion Lobos are in more familiar territory - they've now made the tournament four times in the last five years - and they provide a compelling test for the up-and-down Cardinal.

UNM has only lost twice since January 18th - once by a point to Boise State and once by three to San Diego State - the same team they upset in the Mountain West title game. In addition, they've got a duo that should directly challenge Chasson Randle and Dwight Powell all game long in guard Kendall Williams and forward Cameron Bairstow, who average 16.4 and 20.3 points per game, respectively.

Should Stanford advance to the second round, it will most likely face Kansas, barring the rare 15-2 upset by Eastern Kentucky.

Check out a full bracket right here.

Stanford and New Mexico square off this Friday in St. Louis.

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