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NCAA Tournament 2018: Radford vs. Villanova First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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NCAA Tournament 2018: Radford vs. Villanova First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

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)

Twitter: @RadfordMBB, @NovaMBB

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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

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Radford vs. LIU Brooklyn Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: Villanova, -22
Over/Under: TBA
Money Line: TBA
Against The Spread: Radford is 6-4 ATS. Villanova is 21-12-1

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Sa'eed Nelson becomes American University's all-time leading scorer

Sa'eed Nelson becomes American University's all-time leading scorer

Sa'eed Nelson has cemented his name as the American Eagles' all-time leading scorer after passing Russell "Boo' Bowers during the first quarter of the team's matchup against Lafayette (17-10, 9-7) on Wednesday night at Bender Arena.

Bowers' (1977-81) untouched record has stood for nearly 40 years in the nation's capital.

Eagles coach Mike Brennan is hopeful that his senior guard can lead the program (14-13, 10-6 Patriot) to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2014. 

Nelson moved into fourth place in Patriot League history in total career points on Saturday night after passing Mike Muscala (Bucknell) and Tim Kempton (Lehigh) on the all-time list.

“I’ve just been enjoying the moment,” said Nelson, who has started every game he has played in during his American career. “This only comes around once in a lifetime. I just take it day-by-day and enjoy it, while at the same time, just keep playing my game.” 

Nelson trails only Tucker Neale (Colgate), Rob Feaster (Holy Cross), and current Portland Trailblazers star C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) in conference history for the Patriot League scoring title.

Nelson joins Eric Floyd (Georgetown), Chris Monroe (George Washington), and James Daniel (Howard) as the leading scorers of Washington's four Division-I men's basketball programs.

Nelson's big night for the Eagles during their final regular-season home game could help the team's seeding during the conference tournament if they are able to upset Layfayette, which has won the last seven series matchups. 

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Mark Turgeon still frustrated with officials as Maryland prepares for next test at Minnesota

Mark Turgeon still frustrated with officials as Maryland prepares for next test at Minnesota

Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Maryland Terrapins entered Sunday’s matchup at Ohio State off as strong a month as the program has had under Mark Turgeon.

They had to lose eventually, and Ohio State proved to have the right formula to slow down stars Anthony Cowan and Jalen Smith. Behind their suffocating defense and lights out shooting night both beyond the arc and at the free throw line, the Buckeyes, held Maryland at bay just long enough to come away with a seven-point win over a top ten team.

No one on the Terrapins was making excuses after the game. They didn’t play well enough to win in the end, and their focus is fully on their next game, Wednesday night in Minnesota.

That didn’t stop head coach Mark Turgeon from making a point to call out the officiating Sunday.

Turgeon lost his most important, and experienced, player with just a few minutes left in the game thanks to a technical foul given out by the officiating crew after Anthony Cowan kicked his foot out in frustration after a no-call.

The Maryland head coach unsurprisingly came to the defense of Cowan, but didn’t directly complain about the officials in regards to the call.

What really stuck with Turgeon was the physical play the refs allowed Ohio State to get away with down low.

It’s very unlike Turgeon to so vocally complain about the officiating. Maryland has been on the receiving end of plenty of coaching complaints to league officials -- Melo Trimble’s foul rate dropping dramatically after his freshman year comes to mind -- but public comments rarely lead to anything positive.

The fact that he was so willing to voice his displeasure shows just how far Turgeon felt Kaleb Wesson and the Buckeyes were able to push the line.

It wasn’t just a reaction in the heat of the moment, either. Turgeon doubled down on his statements Tuesday as the team prepared for their Wednesday night game.

He admitted the likely futility of his comments, but Turgeon is still making a point to the officials here. The game needs to be called fairly, and referees are there to be the adults in the room. 

Turgeon is also likely looking ahead to the Big Ten Tournament with his comments. Right now, Maryland would be set up to potentially face Ohio State in their first game of the tournament, and Turgeon wants to get out ahead of the officiating in the rubber match.

With a two-game lead in the Big Ten and four games to play, the Minnesota game is an important one for Maryland. Like Ohio State, the Golden Gophers have a physical specimen in the paint of their own in Daniel Oturu.

If the officials allow Oturu to bully Jalen Smith in the post, coming across as one-sided as Turgeon felt they were in Columbus, Maryland’s head coach isn’t going to hold back again.

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