NCAA Tournament 2018: Winners and Losers of Day 1


Radford, the Big South champion, is making its third tournament appearance and first since 2009.

Regardless, Radford has come a long ways since it lost 26 games in Jones' debut season and played two scholarships short the following two years.

Two programs looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory meet when LIU Brooklyn takes on Radford in the First Four on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, with the victor moving on to face top seed Villanova two days later in the East Region at Pittsburgh.

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

Luckily for the Highlanders, Fields, Jr. was there to punctuate a 9-0 run with two silky smooth jump shots that regained the lead at 44-38.

Though the Blackbirds finished the regular season 18-16, they won the Northeast Conference tournament as the No. 4 seed, downing top-seeded Wagner. 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.

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Western Kentucky 79, Boston College 62 - At Bowling Green, Ky.: Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a win over Boston College in a first-round game of the NIT.

When Radford hired Mike Jones as its new basketball coach seven years ago, its program was in shambles.

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.

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.

Radford (23-14) advanced to the NCAA tournament in memorable fashion nine days ago when a broken play somehow produced a handsome finish.