LIU Brooklyn, Radford match up in First Four — March Madness

2018 NCAA tournament preview: No. 16 LIU Brooklyn

Like Wright, Huggins has coached in two Final Fours - one each with WVU and Cincinnati. They have six players averaging double-digit points, led by future National Basketball Association guys Jalen Brunson (19.4 ppg), the Big East Player of the Year, and Mikal Bridges (18.0).

Villanova's chances Villanova is the favorite to win its region. Sexton propelled the Crimson Tide into the tournament with his game-winning bucket against Texas A&M in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Two others scored in double figures. The shot was the 12th 3-pointer of the game and the 400th of the season for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats turned an NCAA Tournament game into a glorified scrimmage. So why do the Jayhawks feel like a No. 1 seed that's a second-class citizen in its own region? "My wife's rooting like insane for Penn", he said. Here are three things you should know about the Wildcats heading into the Big Dance.

Who's the No. 1 seed?

Who could forget the most memorable game of the season when Alabama took on Minnesota with three players?

The Wildcats are also healthy for the first time since early December. Junior guard Aaron Holiday was the main contributor to that onslaught, scoring UCLA's first eight points off three makes.

Villanova started 13 of 16 and held a 41-21 advantage with 1:11 until halftime. For those who struggle with math, that's a crisp 81 percent. Now, Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges and Phil Booth-with senior support from Tom Leibig and Matt Kennedy-are in charge. They beat Wisconsin in 2001 as a No. 11 seed and shocked Baylor 57-56 in 2015 as a No. 14 seed. "But this team right here is special", Bradford said. "We never thought in our mind that we couldn't come back". They hung around tournament teams Ohio State, losing 82-72, and Nevada, losing 77-62, in the regular season.

This is March Madness though, anything can happen. Jones' thunderbolt of a pull-up 3-pointer as time expired gave the Highlanders a 55-52 victory over Liberty in the Big South title game and sent them to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. Radford was picked to finish seventh in the Big South preseason poll but earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Holland scored a basket in the paint on Radford's next drive to push the lead to 7 with 2:42 left.

Villanova: Will try to avoid another first-weekend upset. And Villanova could be in cruise control during the second half, when it make sense to downshift a bit and get a little bit of extra rest for the starters.

Over the next eight minutes, Villanova would embark on a 19-1 run to break the game open.

Paschall led the Wildcats with 29 minutes played. It was the 20th time in 35 outings this season that the 'Cats converted a dozen or more triples in a contest. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. The Radford cheerleaders and the fans cheered on. Jones has a theory; "They're young".


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