Radford Highlanders vs. LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds Odds, March Madness Betting Pick

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Radford struggled early and proved to be no match for 1-seed Villanova, losing 87-61 Thursday night. The over is also 4-1 in Villanova's last five non-conference games, is 4-1 in their last five neutral site games, and has cashed in five of their last seven NCAA tournament matchups as well.

"We're happy to play any extra game we can", Polite told the Roanoke Times.

It was Villanova's sixth win in a row and the first time it has faced Radford in program history.

The second-round matchup-Virginia Tech vs. Alabama-will be a lot more interesting, and not just because Nova has bowed out of the bracket at this spot four times in the last eight seasons, including a year ago, when Wisconsin took down the Wildcats.

Ed Polite Jr. and Travis Fields Jr. both scored 13 points as the Highlanders (23-12) saw balanced scoring.

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"Oh yeah, its definitely, a lot of our, everybody on the team its their first time here", said senior guard Justin Cousin, "so just the opportunity itself alone for another game, another chance to get a win". They haven't won their opening game by more than eight points in any of their last five appearances. He scored 20 but had 10 turnovers, including two pivotal ones in the final minute when he fouled out. They are +500 favorites to win a second national championship in three seasons and +125 in the East. "When you play a mid-major like this, and I coached there, they play different when they play against each other than when they play against you". March Madness opened with the First Four in Dayton on Tuesday. If these two teams meet in the Elite Eight, Villanova will have to contend with Purdue's 1-2 punch of sharp-shooting guard Carsen Edwards and 7-2 big man Isaac Haas.

The 2018 NCAA tournament begins on Tuesday, March 13, with the "First Four" at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

(5) West Virginia vs. (12) Murray State - The Racers have been on fire as of late winning, 13 consecutive games and handling a very good Belmont team this past weekend.

The problem? They aren't able to translate their ability on the boards to the defensive side, and they need games to slow down a wee bit. They take 46.6 percent of their shots from three-point range, so if the deep missile launches aren't falling, they're in trouble. Carlik Jones, conference freshman of the year and hero of the title game, contributes just under 12 points and 3.0 assists per 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.

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