NCAA First Four: LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

March Madness: Villanova earns No. 1 seed in East region in NCAA tournament, will play LIU-Brooklyn or Radford

The Highlanders notched their first NCAA tournament win in program history on Tuesday night, defeating fellow No. 16 seed LIU Brooklyn 71-61 to earn a crack at top-seeded Villanova on Thursday evening.

The center of the college basketball universe is at UD Arena where over the next two nights the NCAA Tournament gets underway with the First Four.

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Carlik Jones added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with seven assists and two steals and Donald Hicks scored 11 points for the Highlanders, who advanced to face second overall seed Villanova in the First Round on Thursday. Radford got in by beating Liberty at the buzzer in the Big South championship game.

How they falter: Considering LIU Brooklyn is quite possibly the worst team in the NCAA Tournament-it is No. 258 in Ken Pomeroy's efficiency ratings and No. 232 in RPI-it is almost impossible to imagine the Blackbirds doing anything but failing to make it out alive of their first game. 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.

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Here are the game details for tonight's First Four match-up and the official beginning of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and March Madness.

Season recap: LIU Brooklyn punched its seventh ticket to the NCAA tournament in school history when it secured the Northeast Conference title March 6.

First Four, East region; Dayton, Ohio; Tuesday 6:40 p.m. EDT.

Last year, USC won in Dayton and then defeated Southern Methodist in the next round.

The Highlanders have an NCAA tournament win and a date with a No. 1 seed. Radford also held Blackbirds' leading scorer Joel Hernandez to eight points, 12 below his season averaged of 20 ppg.

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