The Rams (20-11), one of four Mountain West Conference teams to make the field, was placed in the West Region as a No. 11 seed and will face No. 6 seed Murray State (30-1) in the second-round.
The winner will move on to a third-round game Saturday against either No. 3 seed Marquette or the winner of a first-round game Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, between Brigham Young and Iona. Colorado State University coach Tim Miles and his players are watching the selection show privately in Moby Arena and will not be available to discuss their selection until later today.
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