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14 March 2018, 09:42 | Anna Jefferson
Another chapter in the NCAA Tournament’s storied history means another trip through Dayton Ohio for the First Four
"Another chance to make history".
Carlik Jones had a substantial and loud cheering section at University of Dayton Arena, a lot of folks traveling about an hour up Interstate 75 from his Cincinnati hometown to see him play for Radford in a First Four game.
Here are the game details for tonight's First Four match-up and the official beginning of the 2018 NCAA Tournament and March Madness.
How they falter: Considering LIU Brooklyn is quite possibly the worst team in the NCAA Tournament-it is No. 258 in Ken Pomeroy's efficiency ratings and No. 232 in RPI-it is almost impossible to imagine the Blackbirds doing anything but failing to make it out alive of their first game.
One of the downfalls of earning a top seed (although deep down there's no REAL reason to complain) is the chance of having to face off against the victor of one of the play in games, which was exactly the case for Villanova.
Radford's Randy Phillips (32) and LIU Brooklyn's Julius van Sauers (2) tip off during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.
Another connection to UD Arena is LIU Brooklyn first-year head coach Derek Kellogg.
Brooklyn LIU took down top-seeded Wagner to win the Northeast Conference title and earn the automatic pass into tonight's game. Radford won 71-61 and will advance on to the next round of the tournament.
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. Radford seemed to me to be the superior team led by big-men Ed Polite Jr. and Randy Phillips. Jones is the only other double-digit point producer at 11.8 and averaged 14.5 in the Big South Tournament, including 13 in the final to go along with six assists and five rebounds.
DID YOU KNOW?: This season is the 20th anniversary of Radford's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
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