NCAA First Four: LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

Joe Santoliquito  For PhillyVoiceVillanova players react as their seeding is unveiled on Selection Sunday

The Villanova Wildcats are the second ranked team in the game after winning the Big East playoffs to cap off a 30-4 season.

"We know when we bring somebody off the bench they're more than capable", Jones said. Each team committed 15 turnovers.

"I thought they did a nice job grinding it out on the offensive end of the floor and taking time off the clock to where we couldn't get moving." L.I.U.

Ed Polite Jr. #24 of the Radford Highlanders attempts to dunk past Zach Coleman #5 of the Long Island Blackbirds during the first half of the First Four game in the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.


LIU's Jashaun Agosto led all scorers with 16 points as he added seven assists and six boards in 36 minutes. When looking at how many favorites have been knocked out in the first round as a No. 2 seed, it's only a matter of time before a No. 16 seed pulls off the unthinkable by becoming the first team to finally earn a win. Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams made a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying St. Bonaventure to a 65-58 victory over U.C.L.A. and its first N.C.A.A. Tournament victory in 48 years.

One of the downfalls of earning a top seed (although deep down there's no REAL reason to complain) is the chance of having to face off against the victor of one of the play in games, which was exactly the case for Villanova.

St. Bonaventure has a fairly proud tradition for a program that has not won an NCAA tournament game since Bob Lanier led the Bonnies to the 1970 Final Four. They had trouble making shots against the Bonnies' zone defense and had 20 turnovers, a disappointing ending to a season that started with an worldwide incident. All three were suspended for the season, and Ball left the school. The redshirt senior and junior, respectively, overwhelmed their top-seeded rivals in Wagner with 52 points on 64.3 percent shooting in their title-game victory.

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