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2017–18 Radford Highlanders men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Radford Highlanders men's basketball team represented Radford University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Highlanders, led by seventh-year head coach Mike Jones, played their home games at the Dedmon Center in Radford, Virginia as members of the Big South Conference. They finished the season 23–13, 12–6 in Big South play to finish in a tie for second place. They defeated Longwood, Winthrop, and Liberty to become champions of the Big South Tournament. The received the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated LIU Brooklyn in the First Four before losing in the First Round to Villanova.

2017–18 Radford Highlanders men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceBig South Conference
2017–18 record23–13 (12–6 Big South)
Head coachMike Jones (7th season)
Assistant coachRon Jirsa
Assistant coachDavid Boyden
Assistant coachDonny Lind
Home arenaDedmon Center
Seasons
2017–18 Big South men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UNC Asheville 13 5   .722     21 13   .618
Radford 12 6   .667     23 13   .639
Winthrop 12 6   .667     19 12   .613
Campbell 10 8   .556     18 16   .529
Liberty 9 9   .500     22 15   .595
Charleston Southern 9 9   .500     15 16   .484
High Point 9 9   .500     14 16   .467
Gardner–Webb 9 9   .500     14 18   .438
Presbyterian 4 14   .222     11 21   .344
Longwood 3 15   .167     7 26   .212
2018 Big South Tournament winner

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Previous seasonEdit

The Highlanders finished the season 14–18, 8–10 in Big South play to finish in a sixth place. They received the No. 6 seed in the Big South Tournament where they defeated Liberty in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals where they lost to Campbell.

RosterEdit

2017–18 Radford Highlanders men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 1 Carlik Jones 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS Fr Cincinnati, Ohio
F 2 Tristan Owens 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Orlando, Florida
G 3 Christian Bradford 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Sr Columbus, Georgia
G 4 Devin Cooper 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS So Charlotte, North Carolina
G 5 Donald Hicks 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Chesapeake, Virginia
G 10 Caleb Tanner 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Floyd, Virginia
G 11 Travis Fields, Jr. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) So Portsmouth, Virginia
G 12 John Caldwell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Spartanburg, South Carolina
F 13 Leroy Butts IV 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Washington, D.C.
G 14 Justin Cousin 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr Burlington, North Carolina
F 15 Devonnte Holland 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Martinsville, Virginia
G 23 Anias Saunders 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Fr Culpeper, Virginia
F 24 Ed Polite, Jr. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Lanham, Maryland
C 32 Randy Phillips 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Jackson, Mississippi
C 45 Darius Bolstad 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Virginia Beach, Virginia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: October 25, 2017

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 3, 2017*
7:00 pm
West Virginia State W 106–81 
Dedmon Center (422)
Radford, VA
Non-conference Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:00 pm
Georgia Southwestern W 72–63  1–0
Dedmon Center (1,632)
Radford, VA
Nov 12, 2017*
2:30 pm, BTN+
at Ohio State L 72–82  1–1
Value City Arena (10,425)
Columbus, OH
Nov 15, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at East Carolina W 73–66  2–1
Williams Arena (3,384)
Greenville, NC
Nov 22, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Elon L 74–77  2–2
Alumni Gym (1,490)
Elon, NC
Nov 25, 2017*
4:00 pm
James Madison W 69–68  3–2
Dedmon Center (1,314)
Radford, VA
Nov 28, 2017*
9:00 pm, SECN
at Vanderbilt L 62–74  3–3
Memorial Gymnasium (8,027)
Nashville, TN
Dec 2, 2017*
1:00 pm
at VMI W 63–50  4–3
Cameron Hall (2,681)
Lexington, VA
Dec 6, 2017*
6:00 pm, ACCN Extra
at Virginia Tech
Rivalry
L 68–95  4–4
Cassell Coliseum (7,265)
Blacksburg, VA
Dec 9, 2017*
4:00 pm
Erskine W 76–49  5–4
Dedmon Center (1,292)
Radford, VA
Dec 17, 2017*
6:00 pm, ATTSNRM
at Nevada
Las Vegas Classic
L 62–77  5–5
Lawlor Events Center (7,272)
Reno, NV
Dec 19, 2017*
10:00 pm
at San Francisco
Las Vegas Classic
L 41–52  5–6
War Memorial Gymnasium (1,004)
San Francisco, CA
Dec 22, 2017*
3:00 pm
vs. North Carolina A&T
Las Vegas Classic
W 66–60  6–6
Orleans Arena 
Paradise, NV
Dec 23, 2017*
5:30 pm
vs. UC Davis
Las Vegas Classic
W 72–62  7–6
Orleans Arena 
Paradise, NV
Big South Conference regular season
Dec 30, 2017
4:00 pm
at Presbyterian W 78–62  8–6
(1–0)
Templeton Center (301)
Clinton, SC
Jan 3, 2018
7:00 pm
Winthrop W 85–79  9–6
(2–0)
Dedmon Center (634)
Radford, VA
Jan 6, 2018
4:00 pm
UNC Asheville W 90–70  10–6
(3–0)
Dedmon Center (981)
Radford, VA
Jan 9, 2018
7:30 pm
at Charleston Southern W 64–61  11–6
(4–0)
CSU Field House (711)
North Charleston, SC
Jan 12, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Gardner–Webb L 54–59  11–7
(4–1)
Paul Porter Arena (1,244)
Boiling Springs, NC
Jan 15, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Liberty W 59–57 OT 12–7
(5–1)
Dedmon Center (1,493)
Radford, VA
Jan 18, 2018
7:00 pm
Longwood W 70–63  13–7
(6–1)
Dedmon Center (1,551)
Radford, VA
Jan 21, 2018
2:00 pm
at Campbell L 56–59  13–8
(6–2)
Gore Arena (1,392)
Buies Creek, NC
Jan 24, 2018
7:00 pm
at High Point W 78–76 OT 14–8
(7–2)
Millis Athletic Center (894)
High Point, NC
Jan 27, 2018
7:00 pm
Charleston Southern L 81–84 OT 14–9
(7–3)
Dedmon Center (1,707)
Radford, VA
Feb 1, 2018
7:00 pm
Gardner–Webb W 70–66  15–9
(8–3)
Dedmon Center (2,041)
Radford, VA
Feb 3, 2018
2:00 pm
at Winthrop L 57–75  15–10
(8–4)
Winthrop Coliseum (1,980)
Rock Hill, SC
Feb 7, 2018
7:00 pm
High Point L 60–61  15–11
(8–5)
Dedmon Center (1,033)
Radford, VA
Feb 10, 2018
2:00 pm
at UNC Asheville L 64–66  15–12
(8–6)
Kimmel Arena (2,012)
Asheville, NC
Feb 15, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPNU
Campbell W 72–53  16–12
(9–6)
Dedmon Center (2,012)
Radford, VA
Feb 18, 2018
3:00 pm
Presbyterian W 74–68 OT 17–12
(10–6)
Dedmon Center (1,184)
Radford, VA
Feb 22, 2018
7:00 pm
at Liberty W 63–50  18–12
(11–6)
Vines Center (2,669)
Lynchburg, VA
Feb 24, 2018
2:00 pm
at Longwood W 70–47  19–12
(12–6)
Willett Hall (1,384)
Farmville, VA
Big South Tournament
Mar 1, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN3
(2) vs. (10) Longwood
Quarterfinals
W 59–53  20–12
Kimmel Arena (1,159)
Asheville, NC
Mar 2, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN3
(2) vs. (3) Winthrop
Semifinals
W 61–52  21–12
Kimmel Arena (2,318)
Asheville, NC
Mar 4, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN
(2) (5) Liberty
Championship game
W 55–52  22–12
Dedmon Center (3,859)
Radford, VA
NCAA Tournament
Mar 13, 2018
6:40 pm, truTV
(16 E) vs. (16 E) LIU Brooklyn
First Four
W 71–61  23–12
UD Arena (12,336)
Dayton, OH
Mar 15, 2018
6:50 pm, TNT
(16 E) vs. (1 E) No. 2 Villanova
First Round
L 61–87  23–13
PPG Paints Arena (18,715)
Pittsburgh, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East Source[1].
All times are in Eastern Time.

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