So Villanova which had all five starters, plus sub Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, finish in double-figures, will meet ninth-seeded Alabama on Saturday in an East Region second-round matchup.
Neither of these schools have ever won an NCAA Tournament game so there will be a big celebration for whoever comes out on top. According to Providence coach Ed Cooley, Brunson is "the best player in college basketball".
The Highlanders took the Blackbirds out of transition for most of the game as they held LIU to no field goals over the last 6:47. Both teams were plagued by turnovers.
His biggest contribution came with 38 seconds remaining in the first half, when he drained a 3-pointer to cut LIU's deficit to 30-28 at the half. The Northeast Conference champion Blackbirds got to within a point with five minutes left, but a 9-1 surge by the Highlanders opened up the lead.
Northeast Conference Tournament victor LIU-Brooklyn makes its first appearance in the tournament in five years.
Radford (23-14) advanced to the NCAA tournament in memorable fashion nine days ago when a broken play somehow produced a handsome finish.
The bench also made 11 of 19 shots (including 4 of 7 3-pointers), grabbed seven rebounds and committed only four turnovers.
He will need the support of junior guard Raiquan Clark, who averaged 17.4 points per game this season, if the Blackbirds want to officially enter the NCAA Tournament field. Darius Thompson, a transfer from Virginia, had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Could we be the ones that finally lose to a 16 seed? From there, the Bruins added onto their lead until 8:22 mark. The Eagles followed with consecutive baskets but Thompson matched that and Western Kentucky led the rest of the way. For those who struggle with math, that's a crisp 81 percent.
Baylor 80, Wagner 59: Manu Lecomte had no problems with the NIT's experimental 3-point line, hitting 5 of 8 from distancewhile scoring 24 points in Waco, Texas. A 16 seed has never beaten a 1 in the Big Dance. So we knew they're a good team, so they're going to make shots.
There are those who believe that automatic qualifiers shouldn't have to play in "First Four" games, but these battles between 16 seeds have all the same feeling that the bracketed games have. He went on to say that Villanova "has a shooter at every position". In what shouldn't come as a surprise to any fan that's followed the Wildcats this season, Jay Wright's team once again proved just how unsafe they can be from beyond the arc against the Highlanders after connecting on 14-of-27 shots from 3-point range. Kenny Wooten had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book YouWager, the Wildcats are 23.5-point favorites to knock off the Highlanders while the over/under now sits at 140 points. Travis Fields Jr. added 13 points for the Highlanders. Lindy Waters III chipped in with 10.