Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

NCAA tournament First Four 2018: LIU-Brooklyn vs

NCAA tournament First Four 2018: LIU-Brooklyn vs

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Ed Polite Jr. added 13 points and 12 rebounds, Travis Fields Jr. scored 13 points and Donald Hicks added 11 for Radford, which moves on to face No. 1 seed Villanova in the first round Thursday night.

Live streaming for the First Four is available via NCAA March Madness Live. The Highlanders went 22-12, winning the Big South Conference as the No. 2 seed, beating fifth-seeded Liberty. Stockard got the Bonnies in position for the drought-busting tournament victory by leading a late 12-0 run.

No team in NCAA history has ever knocked off a No. 1 seed in the big dance, and while there's a good chance that Villanova will have little trouble getting by Radford when seeing how the two teams compare on paper, Wright knows his team can't afford to have this kind of mindset.

STREAKERS: Radford has won its last seven games.

All season, the Villanova Wildcats felt confident enough in their chances of earning a top seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, as long as they didn't suffer some sort of insane collapse that resulted in the team falling outside the top 10.

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS: After finishing sixth in the Big South last season, Radford, in southwestern Virginia, was picked in preseason polls to finish near the bottom of the conference again. After a first-round win over Lafayette, the Wildcats fell to No. 9 seed North Carolina State, 71-68, in the second round.

"It was a lot of laying the bricks for seven years, laying the foundation", head coach Mike Jones said on the truTV broadcast following the victory.

The Wildcats have played LIU Brooklyn once and never have seen the Radford Highlanders in program history. Raiquan Clark added 14 points and Julian Batts contributed 13 and eight boards in defeat for LIU Brooklyn.

Zach Coleman #5 of the Long Island Blackbirds and Devonnte Holland #15 of the Radford Highlanders battle for the ball during the second half of the First Four game in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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