As expected, Villanova received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
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. Villanova faced LIU Brooklyn in the NCAA Tournament in 1997 and came out with a win by a final of 101-91. The Highlanders went 22-12, winning the Big South Conference as the No. 2 seed, beating fifth-seeded Liberty.
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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. The Blackbirds are coached by Derek Kellogg, who is in his first season after spending nine years at MA where he took the Minutemen to the Big Dance once.
Ed Polite Jr. had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Travis Fields Jr. also scored 13 for Radford.
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LIU Brooklyn is in the field for the seventh time - the first since making it three straight years (2011-13) - and the NEC's second-leading scorer Joel Hernandez (20.9) has been the go-to player, including a 32-point explosion in the championship game victory over Wagner.
Carlik Jones had a substantial and loud cheering section at University of Dayton Arena, a lot of folks traveling about an hour up Interstate 75 from his Cincinnati hometown to see him play for Radford in a First Four game.
Jashaun Agosto scored 16 points and Raiquan Clark added 14 for LIU Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.