Scores, bracket updates, and highlights from the First Four

Scores and other updates will follow.

The NCAA tournament begins Tuesday night with a set of First Four games in Dayton, Ohio. The winners will join the field of 64 for first-round action on Thursday. There are two other First Four games in Dayton on Wednesday, before the tourney gets going in earnest.

The matchups on Tuesday are both in the East Region:

  • 6:40 p.m. ET: No. 16 Radford vs. No. 16 LIU Brooklyn
  • 9:10 p.m. ET: No. 11 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 11 UCLA

You can watch both games on truTV or stream them at March Madness Live. If you’re looking for truTV on your television, you can figure out the channel number here. Most commonly, the HD channel is 841 if you have XFINITY cable and 683 if you have Verizon.

A full bracket is here.

Updates on both Tuesday games will appear below.

Radford vs. LIU Brooklyn, 6:40 p.m. ET

This is the lesser of the two games happening on Tuesday. The winner is going to be lunch for No. 1 seed Villanova in a first-round game in Pittsburgh on Thursday. But one of these upstarts is going to get an NCAA tournament win, and that’s awesome, because the schools are a combined 0-8 in their previous March Madness appearances.

Radford is a 5.5-point favorite. The Highlanders are a better defensive team than the Blackbirds, and they come from a better conference. Radford’s the champion of the Big South, and Long Island clinched its spot by winning the all-around underwhelming NEC. (The Blackbirds were just 10-8 in conference in the regular season, but they mounted a shocking three-game run to the tournament title. That included a win in the championship game against Wagner, which had been by far the best team in the conference.

The best player in the game might be LIU Brooklyn’s Joel Hernandez, a junior guard who averages 21 points and six rebounds per game.

St. Bonaventure vs. UCLA, 9:10 p.m. ET

Steve Alford’s bunch is significantly more talented than the Bonnies, and if the Bruins’ offense plays to anything near its abilities, they’re going to win. Whoever wins faces East No. 6 seed Florida on Thursday in Dallas. UCLA is a 3.5-point favorite to get there.

UCLA has fallen off considerably from a season ago, when Lonzo Ball catalyzed one of the two or three best offenses in the country and drove the Bruins to the Sweet 16. Pretty much everything is worse this year, but there are still players here who can score. UCLA remains a pretty good shooting team, with no one better at that than guard Aaron Holiday.

St. Bonaventure was a somewhat controversial NCAA pick, given that it didn’t win its mid-major conference, the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies can shoot the three-pointer really well (39.8 percent, or 19th-best in the country this year), and they’re not bad on defense. Despite a talent disparity against UCLA, they could knock down enough jumpers to compete. – All Posts