(13 points with 13 rebounds) and Carlik Jones (12 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists) leading the way, now the challenge becomes trying to make NCAA history by trying to knockoff a team many consider a favorite to win this year's tournament in the Wildcats.
A Radford Highlanders cheerleader performs during the first half of the First Four game between the Radford Highlanders and the Long Island Blackbirds in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.
Carlik Jones almost had a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as Radford beat LIU Brooklyn 71-61 in a battle of No. 16 seeds Tuesday night in a First Four matchup in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio.
Radford moves on to play Villanova, the No. 1 seed in the East Region.
The Highlanders (23-12) reached the Big Dance after sweeping their way through the Big South Conference tournament and edging Liberty 55-52 in the championship game.
The 2018 NCAA tournament is about to tip off.
Another connection to UD Arena is LIU Brooklyn first-year head coach Derek Kellogg.
Being a member of the Atlantic 10, the Bonnies are very familiar with playing at UD Arena, the latest on January 3, in a game Saint Bonaventure lost to the Dayton Flyers.
All season, the Villanova Wildcats felt confident enough in their chances of earning a top seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, as long as they didn't suffer some sort of insane collapse that resulted in the team falling outside the top 10.
Don't forget before the NCAA Tournament begins, you can also play Bracket Games through CBS Sports by creating a pool with your office, family or friends, or filling out your bracket online.
TOP SCORERS: LIU-Brooklyn has four starters in double figures, led by Joel Hernandez (20.8 points per game).
Jashaun Agosto had 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead LIU Brooklyn in the defeat. Radford seemed to me to be the superior team led by big-men Ed Polite Jr. and Randy Phillips.
Radford (23-14) advanced to the NCAA tournament in memorable fashion nine days ago when a broken play somehow produced a lovely finish.