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Jalen Brunson’s burner sends No. 1 Villanova past Radford

Radford v Villanova

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: Jalen Brunson #1 of the Villanova Wildcats shoots the ball against Devonnte Holland #15 of the Radford Highlanders during the first half of the game in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Jalen Brunson finished with a team-high 16 points to lead six players in double-figures while adding four assists as No. 1 seed Villanova cruised past Radford and into the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 87-61 win.

Mikal Bridges added 13 points as the Wildcats made 13 of their first 22 threes and, with 10 minutes left in the game, were still shooting better than 73 percent from the floor.

Radford had the most memorable ticket punch into in the NCAA tournament this season, as Carlik Jones buried a buzzer-beating three in the finals of the Big South tournament to earn the automatic bid, but the Highlanders really had no chance once the Wildcats got rolling. The Wildcats made their first four threes of the night and opened up a 28-8 before Radford had a chance to breathe.

Villanova, who many believe is the best team in the NCAA tournament, will advance to face the winner of tonight’s game between No. 8 Virginia Tech and No. 9 Alabama.