College basketball roundup: Radford wins NCAA Tournament opener

College basketball roundup: Radford wins NCAA Tournament opener

Unfortunately, the Blackbirds' defense is as porous as its offense is potent-they are No. 284 in the country and second-to-last in the Northeast Conference in points allowed per game.

The Wildcats earned their sixth straight bid to the NCAA tournament and the 13th in the last 14 seasons. The Blackbirds are 0-6 in tournament history, and seem unlikely to win their first ever game in March Madness despite a miraculous run in their conference tournament. Coming out of an LIU time-out the Donald Hicks show continued as Hicks hit a three coming out of the time-out and followed it up with a driving basket and all of the sudden Radford had grabbed a 49-42 lead halfway through the second half.

Travis Fields Jr of Radford during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The games continue into Wednesday as two 16-seeds tip-off at 6:40 p.m.

LIU Brooklyn's Julian Batts, right, drives against Radford's Carlik Jones during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Dayton, Ohio.

Being a member of the Atlantic 10, the Bonnies are very familiar with playing at UD Arena, the latest on January 3, in a game Saint Bonaventure lost to the Dayton Flyers.

The Highlanders won the Big South Tournament
Source Twitter- @RadfordMBB The Highlanders won the Big South Tournament

BOTTOM LINE: Northeast Conference Tournament victor LIU-Brooklyn makes its first appearance in the tournament in five years.

Radford: At times the Highlanders looked like they didn't want it, either, but they played better in the second half on the back of Jones.

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

A lot of LIU's success can be chalked up to senior guard Joel Hernandez, who had a monster 32-point effort against Wagner in the NEC title game.

Three consecutive Agosto free throws had the Blackbirds within one at 59-58 with 5:07 to play, but Radford was able to get its lead up to double digits in the final minute and sealed the result at the free throw line.

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