Villanova vs. Radford - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

2018 NCAA tournament preview: No. 16 LIU Brooklyn

LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds vs. Radford Highlanders: NCAA Tournament First Four Preview and Prediction

The victor moves on to the first round to play 1-seed Villanova.

Clark and Hernandez compose the most unsafe pair of scorers in the conference, and collectively averaged 47.0 points per game in LIU Brooklyn's run in its conference tournament.

If they win that game, they'll play the victor of the tilt between the South region champion and West region champion in the National Championship. But this one could turn out to be more like when they played Virginia Tech, losing 95-68. Radford battled back to take the lead and while two more Batts threes would make it a 2-point game with 6:50 remaining, the Blackbirds never managed to take the lead again.

Their first game is Thursday, March 15, against No. 16 seed Radford.

Polite, a junior forward, leads the team in scoring (13.5), rebounds (7.9) and steals (1.9) while going over 1,100 points for his career after scoring 13 on Tuesday.

Ed Polite, Jr., and Travis Fields, Jr., led the Highlanders with 13 points each while Carlick Jones netted 12 points, 11 boards and seven assists for Radford, who enjoyed a balanced offense attack.

STREAKERS: Radford has won its last seven games. The Highlanders then won three games in four days to win the Big South tournament, capped off by a 55-52 victory over Liberty in the championship game back on March 4. He scored 20 but had 10 turnovers, including two pivotal ones in the final minute when he fouled out. They got hot when it counted, having won a season-high five straight. But, you can say that about almost every contender.

After misfiring on their first attempt from beyond the 3-point arc, Villanova made its next four with four different players connecting - Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges, Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo.

Mitchell Solomon and Tavarius Shine each added 13 points for Oklahoma State (20-14), a 2 seed, which will play host to the victor of Stanford/BYU in the second round. Only four times since 1985 has a No. 12 seed failed to beat a No. 5 seed.

For Radford, bench play is as important of a reason as any that the Highlanders are moving on in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. They take 46.6 percent of their shots from three-point range, so if the deep missile launches aren't falling, they're in trouble.

When Eric Paschall dropped in a 3-pointer in the second half, it was the 400th of the season for VU. (13.5), Carlik Jones (11.8) and Donald Hicks (7.9). As well, download your printable March Madness bracket at OddsShark. This game will be close and could see the Mountaineers going home early.

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