Radford just won their first ever NCAA Tournament game by beating LIU Brooklyn in the First Four. Their reward is No. 1 seed Villanova in the First Round.
Continuing in the 2018 NCAA Tournament for only the third time in their program’s history, the Highlanders are hoping their defense can continue to step up. They held the Blackbirds to only 38 percent shooting from the field on Tuesday, but they are going to need a lot more from their offense if they want to be the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1.
Their leading scorers were Ed Polite Jr. and Travis Fields Jr. who both tailed 13 On Tuesday. The Wildcats’ offense will be the most dynamic the Highlanders have faced throughout the entire 2017-18 season and 71 points will likely not get it done.
After winning the Big South Tournament championship on a buzzer beater, the Highlanders are back in the tournament for the first time since 2009. With a staunch defense that only lets up 64 points a contest, the Highlanders are looking to extend their most successful season in program history.
Radford and Villanova will matchup on Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here is the NCAA Tournament information:
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Radford vs. Villanova How to Watch
What: 2018 NCAA Tournament First Four, East Region
Who: No. 16 Radford (23-12, 12-6 Big South) vs. No. 1 Villanova (30-4, 14-4 Big East)
When: 6:50 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15.
Where: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
TV Channel: TNT
Online Stream: March Madness Live on NCAA.com
TV Announcers: Kevin Harlan (Play-by-play), Reggie Miller (Analyst), Dan Bonner (Analyst), Dana Jacobson (Reporter)
Radford vs. Villanova Bracket Analysis
How They Got Here: No. 16 Radford (Auto-bid, Big South Champions) defeated No. 16 LIU Brooklyn 71-61 in the First, No. 1 Villanova (Auto-bid, Big East Champions)
Previous Meeting: First Meeting
Next Round: Winner of No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama
East Region Bracket:
No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Radford
No. 8 Virginia Tech vs. No. 9 Alabama
No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Murray State
No. 4 Wichita State vs. No. 13 Marshall
No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure/ UCLA
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 S.F. Austin
No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler
No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton
Radford vs. LIU Brooklyn Betting Spread, Lines & Odds
Favorites: Villanova, -22
Money Line: TBA
Against The Spread: Radford is 6-4 ATS. Villanova is 21-12-1
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