First Four: Radford downs LIU Brooklyn for its first NCAA tournament win


"It's a blessing to be able to play with these guys and be a part, make history with these, with my fellow teammates and coaching staff, so it's an unbelievable feeling right now", said Jones, who made the buzzer beater to seal the win over Liberty in the Big South Tournament Championship. The victor of the game faces Villanova Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Devonnte Holland of the Radford Highlanders is fouled by Julius van Sauers of the Long Island Blackbirds in the first half of the First Four game in the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.

No team in NCAA history has ever knocked off a No. 1 seed in the big dance, and while there's a good chance that Villanova will have little trouble getting by Radford when seeing how the two teams compare on paper, Wright knows his team can't afford to have this kind of mindset.

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. He's scored 21, 31, 22, 19 and 26 points in the last five games. When looking at how many favorites have been knocked out in the first round as a No. 2 seed, it's only a matter of time before a No. 16 seed pulls off the unthinkable by becoming the first team to finally earn a win.

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"It was a lot of laying the bricks for seven years, laying the foundation", head coach Mike Jones said on the truTV broadcast following the victory. LIU Brooklyn averages the second most points per game in its conference and plays at the fastest pace. Radford seemed to me to be the superior team led by big-men Ed Polite Jr. and Randy Phillips.

Jashaun Agosto scored 16 points and Raiquan Clark added 14 for LIU Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament. The Big South champion Highlanders are making their third tournament appearance and first since 2009.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.