NCAA tournament preview: No. 16 LIU Brooklyn

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

(13 points with 13 rebounds) and Carlik Jones (12 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists) leading the way, now the challenge becomes trying to make NCAA history by trying to knockoff a team many consider a favorite to win this year's tournament in the Wildcats.

Radford didn't play its prettiest game, but the team from rural southwest Virginia will celebrate briefly before heading to Pittsburgh to play No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday.

Not only were the Highlanders coming off a 24-loss season in which they recorded only two Division I wins, the previous staff was also in the NCAA's crosshairs for providing impermissible benefits to recruits and then misleading investigators about it. Radford got in by beating Liberty at the buzzer in the Big South championship game.

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First Four, East region; Dayton, Ohio; Tuesday 6:40 p.m. EDT. With AP Photos.LIU-Brooklyn, victor of the Northeast Conference Tournament, faces off against Radford on Tuesday night in the opening First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. Raiquan Clark added 14 points and Julian Batts contributed 13 and eight boards in defeat for LIU Brooklyn. With 16:35 left to go, back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Blackbirds a 38-35 lead, their first advantage since they led 3-2 at the 19:17 mark in the first half.

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.

On Tuesday night, junior forward Ed Polite Jr. grabbed a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, with four assists and two steals to lead the way for Radford, which improved to 23-12 on the season.

Another connection to UD Arena is LIU Brooklyn first-year head coach Derek Kellogg. After a first-round win over Lafayette, the Wildcats fell to No. 9 seed North Carolina State, 71-68, in the second round.

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