Mike Jones

Villanova tries to avoid another upset on opening weekend

Carlik Jones' phone has exploded since he hit the 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent Radford into the NCAA Tournament.

"The experience after the shot has been crazy," he said.

It should be.

The biggest win ever for the Highlanders? Sure. But the Big South Tournament champs may have topped it a week later when they went to Dayton, Ohio, and won a First Four game to advance in the NCAA bracket.

There are plenty of questions when a little-known program like Radford, out of rural southwest Virginia, makes a splash in the tourney. Like, who else have you beaten? Jones noted the top win in the regular season was a 7-point win at East Carolina.