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NCAA Tournament Preview: If It's March, It's Villanova Time

NCAA Tournament Preview: If It's March, It's Villanova Time

The Villanova Wildcats enter the NCAA men's basketball tournament as the No. 1 one seed in the East and the No. 2 team in the country.

BOTTOM LINE: Northeast Conference Tournament victor LIU-Brooklyn makes its first appearance in the tournament in five years. So you have to figure out, how did they play when they played bigger-time teams and how did they play in their league?

Villanova guard Jalen Brunson grabbing the basketball in front of Radford forward Ed Polite Jr. during the second half Thursday night.

The top-seeded Wildcats, 87-61 winners, played as if this were another national championship game and 16th-seeded Radford played as if it were on cloud nine after beating LIU Brooklyn.

Radford beat LIU Brooklyn in one of the First Four games in Dayton on Tuesday. Not only did the Highlanders lose to all three power-conference foes they faced this season by 10 or more points, the best team they beat all season was probably UC Davis in overtime. For Alabama to win, guard Collin Sexton will have to be on top of his game. They haven't won their opening game by more than eight points in any of their last five appearances.

The other two First Four games are Wednesday, with Texas Southern and North Carolina Central in the first game followed by Syracuse and Arizona State in the nightcap.

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The Highlanders used 11 players in the first half and 12 before the final minute. They hung around tournament teams Ohio State, losing 82-72, and Nevada, losing 77-62, in the regular season. "You know what I'm saying".

After misfiring on their first attempt from beyond the 3-point arc, Villanova made its next four with four different players connecting - Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges, Brunson and Donte DiVincenzo. So why do the Jayhawks feel like a No. 1 seed that's a second-class citizen in its own region? Its 64.4 points allowed per game is second in the Big South behind only Liberty's 63.6 and is 14th in all of Division I. He went 5 for 12 from the field, shooting 41.7%. This game will be close and could see the Mountaineers going home early. TruTV is in its eighth year of broadcast rights, having first aired tournament games for the 2011 Big Dance.

Zach Johnson scored 23 points despite battling through leg cramps in the second half for FGCU (23-12).

Led by a trio of excellent players in Jonathan Stark, Terrell Miller Jr. and Ja Morant the Racers should be up for this challenge. (13.5 ppg) and Carlik Jones (11.8).

This is March Madness though, anything can happen.

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.

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