First Four: LIU-Brooklyn And Radford Kick Off NCAA Tournament Tonight


For the first time in NCAA tournament history, the Radford Highlanders emerged as the victor.

Radford: Faces No. 1 seed Villanova in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.

The Blackbirds went without a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game and shot 30.4 percent in the second half.

Radford didn't play its prettiest game, but the team from rural southwest Virginia will celebrate briefly before heading to Pittsburgh to play No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday.

The 2018 NCAA tournament is about to tip off.

LIU is coming off a surprising run to the Northeast Conference title, upsetting Wagner on its home floor in the conference championship game to secure its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2013.

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Two programs looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory meet when LIU Brooklyn takes on Radford in the First Four on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, with the victor moving on to face top seed Villanova two days later in the East Region at Pittsburgh.

"Another chance to make history". With 16:35 left to go, back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Blackbirds a 38-35 lead, their first advantage since they led 3-2 at the 19:17 mark in the first half.

The games continue into Wednesday as two 16-seeds tip-off at 6:40 p.m. Raiquan Clark (16 ppg), Jashaun Agosto (13.1 ppg) and Julian Batts (11.4 ppg) are right behind him.

Devonnte Holland of the Radford Highlanders is fouled by Julius van Sauers of the Long Island Blackbirds in the first half of the First Four game in the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.

Stars Ed Polite Jr. and Carlik Jones combined for 25 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists, but the two heroes of Tuesday's First Four game for Radford were a pair of reserves who average less than seven points apiece. LIU Brooklyn averages the second most points per game in its conference and plays at the fastest pace.

The Highlanders' defense helped limit LIU Brooklyn's leading scorer, Joel Hernandez, to just eight points.