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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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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.