Fans Roared As Villanova Headed Off To Pittsburgh For NCAA Tournament
01:14, Mar 18, 2018
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Villanova earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and will open postseason play Thursday night against No. 16 seed Radford at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. For moneyline bets, the line is Radford: -210, Long Island University-Brooklyn: 175 and 72.2% have picked Radford to win the game. Villanova has won 130 games in the past four seasons, and the record is 133 by Duke (1997-98 through 2000-01). But this one could turn out to be more like when they played Virginia Tech, losing 95-68. The Wildcats controlled the action the whole way, jumping out to a 44-23 halftime lead before taking their foot off of the gas pedal.
The opening round of the NCAA Tournament was a Wildcat blowout, and for some nearly a foregone conclusion that Villanova was going to run away with this game against Radford.
Radford defeated LIU-Brooklyn 71-61 in the First Four on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, in a matchup of No. 16 seeds. Even when the Wildcats put the ball on the floor, they embarrassed Radford - Collin Gillespie juked guard Donald Hicks about out of his sneakers and the Highlander fell right on his behind.
The Highlanders won the Big South Conference title on March 4 in dramatic fashion when Carlik Jones swished a 3-pointer as time expired to beat Liberty.
The other two First Four games are Wednesday, with Texas Southern and North Carolina Central in the first game followed by Syracuse and Arizona State in the nightcap. Earlier in the day, Penn gave all 16 seeds a brief glimmer of hope, leading No. 1 Kansas by 10 in the first half.
"I never tell those guys, 'You shouldn't come here, ' " said Wright, who has seen only Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry declare for the National Basketball Association draft before completing his junior season. Find out where and how to watch the First Four TruTV live streaming online for the first of four March Madness games before Thursday. So why do the Jayhawks feel like a No. 1 seed that's a second-class citizen in its own region? The Highlanders have made the NCAA Tournament twice before, losing both games. They improved significantly defensively toward the end of the season, holding their last five opponents to an average of 69 points. "When it mattered most, down the stretch, our defense got better, which we've seen for several games". He made all three of his 3-point shots in the second half at key times.
Radford held a 27-7 advantage in bench points. With more shooting performances like this one, they'll win much, much more in March.
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