Brunson scored 16 points and No. 1 seed Villanova hit 14 3-pointers in an 87-61 romp over Radford in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night. Both Ranford and LIU Brooklyn had the honor to start the off the NCAA Tournament in a near-packed UD Arena. They lost to NC State in the second round in 2015 in Pittsburgh in a game that spawned the birth of the sad Villanova band member nicknamed Piccolo Girl.
Wright has always said he has nothing against potential one-and-done players.
Villanova will continue wearing one of its most iconic uniforms when it takes on Radford in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
They will be taking on the victor of the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 17.
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Donald Hicks led the way for Radford, scoring 13 points.
The Highlanders led that Big South championship game nearly the whole way, then won it on a long three-pointer by freshman guard Carlik Jones at the buzzer.
The Wildcats (31-4), who won a national championship two years ago and have been a No. 1 seed in three of the last four years, showed why they have the best odds of navigating the six games needed to win this year's Big Dance. Mikal Bridges had 13 points, Eric Paschall scored 11 and Omari Spellman had 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Wildcats are also healthy for the first time since early December. The Friars are playing some of their best basketball of the season, getting wins over Creighton and Xavier in the Big East Tournament. "I said, 'You're rooting for Penn".
Is the betting total for this evening's March Madness matchup between Radford and Villanova set too low?
The Blackbirds got within a point with five minutes remaining before the Highlanders went on a 9-1 run. Junior guard Aaron Holiday was the main contributor to that onslaught, scoring UCLA's first eight points off three makes. Only four times since 1985 has a No. 12 seed failed to beat a No. 5 seed.
LIU Brooklyn stayed within striking distance for much of the game and got to within a point with five minutes left, but a 9-1 surge by the Highlanders allowed them to close it out. He finished the game with 40 points on 22 shots, and Alabama used a 26-16 run to cut their deficit to three points. Carlik Jones, conference freshman of the year and hero of the title game, contributes just under 12 points and 3.0 assists per game. It's most effective in a quick turnaround game.
OR 99, Rider 86: Freshman Victor Bailey Jr. hit 7 of 8 3-pointers and scored 23 points, both career bests, and OR rallied in the fourth quarter at home to advance.