First Four: Radford downs LIU Brooklyn for its first NCAA tournament win

2018 NCAA tournament preview: No. 16 LIU Brooklyn
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds vs. Radford Highlanders: NCAA Tournament First Four Preview and Prediction
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18 March, 2018

Jalen Brunson scored 16 points and East Region No. 1 seed Villanova had little trouble dispatching No. 16 Radford 87-61 Thursday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Brooklyn LIU took down top-seeded Wagner to win the Northeast Conference title and earn the automatic pass into tonight's game.

Terry Maston had 13 points and eight rebounds for Baylor (19-14), which plays the victor of Wednesday's Nebraska-Mississippi State game in the second round.

Regardless, Radford has come a long ways since it lost 26 games in Jones' debut season and played two scholarships short the following two years.

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At the Radford Macado's, dozens of patrons packed the restaurant with one shared objective: to watch Radford's men's basketball team take on Long Island University-Brooklyn.

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Polite, a junior forward, leads the team in scoring (13.5), rebounds (7.9) and steals (1.9) while going over 1,100 points for his career after scoring 13 on Tuesday. But 'Nova won its last five games as Wright settled on an eight-man rotation featuring a heavy reliance on his starters and DiVincenzo. The Highlanders then won three games in four days to win the Big South tournament, capped off by a 55-52 victory over Liberty in the championship game back on March 4. That being said, the Highlanders don't score much due to their slow style of play, while the Blackbirds will give up some points due to their faster pace.

The Wildcats are also healthy for the first time since early December.

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When Eric Paschall dropped in a 3-pointer in the second half, it was the 400th of the season for VU. If these two teams meet in the Elite Eight, Villanova will have to contend with Purdue's 1-2 punch of sharp-shooting guard Carsen Edwards and 7-2 big man Isaac Haas. The Wildcats are coming off a huge Big East tournament win in overtime against Providence that gave them their third championship in four years. They made 10 of their first 12 shots in the second half.

Three consecutive Agosto free throws had the Blackbirds within one at 59-58 with 5:07 to play, but Radford was able to get its lead up to double digits in the final minute and sealed the result at the free throw line. The Wildcats were +400 to win March Madness at BetDSI.


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