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MBB Game Day Central: Delaware
Coming off a 69-45 win over Randolph College in its season opener, Liberty returns to the Vines Center on Monday, playing host to Delaware. Liberty looks to avenge last season's 77-64 loss to the Blue Hens on New Year's Day. Tipoff for Monday's contest is slated for 7 p.m., with the contest broadcasting live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network, ESPN3, MASN HD and the Big South Network.
What to Watch for
- When looking at the two rosters, the Flames and the Blue Hens combine for a total of 13 freshman. Liberty has seven freshman in its lineup, compared to six for Delaware.
- A.C. Reid was a cool customer in his Liberty debut against Randolph College, knocking down a trio of three-pointers to finish with 12 points. Reid's point total marks the first time a Liberty freshman has posted double-digit scoring figures in a season opener in exactly six years. In Liberty's season opener on Nov. 14, 2008, against Montreat, Seth Curry finished with 23 points in the 97-77 victory.
- Gielo is poised to be a leader in every sense of the word for the Flames, this season. This past Friday, the Polish player paced the Flames with 14 points and nine rebounds. Gielo is hoping to do more of the same against Delaware, after recording 16 points against the Blue Hens last season,
- The Blue Hens will be without Kyle Anderson due to a right hand injury. Anderson is the only player on this year's roster to post double-digit scoring figures against the Flames, last season, finishing with 14 points.
- David Andoh had a solid debut for the Flames, Friday, finishing with 10 points and eight boards. Look for Andoh to continue to be a staple in the Liberty lineup.
- Andrew Smith may not have had the day everyone expected on Friday, but there are 30+ games in a season. Expect Smith to bounce back, Monday night.
- Joe Retic hasn't just settled into his role, he is owning it. The junior point guard concluded Friday night with five assists and zero turners in 25 minutes of action.
Notes and Anecdotes
- Prior to coming to Delaware, assistant coach Phil Martelli, Jr. spent five seasons as an assistant at Niagara. During his tenure with the Purple Eagles, Niagara squared off with the Flames on two occasions. Niagara hosted Liberty in the Flames' first ESPN BracketBusters appearance on Feb. 17, 2007, picking up a 90-81 victory. Liberty avenged the loss the following season, defeating Niagara in the Vines Center, 86-81 (Dec. 1, 2007).
- Liberty is 15-38 all-time against current CAA members. The Flames are 0-2 versus College of Charleston, 1-3 versus Drexel, 5-11 against Elon, 2-7 against James Madison, 0-3 against UNCW, 3-9 versus Towson and 4-3 against William & Mary.
- Playing for College of Charleston, last season, Theo Johnson squared off with Delaware twice in CAA action. In the first meeting, the Blue Hens defeated College of Charleston, 67-64, at the Bob Carpenter Center (Feb. 5). In the regular-season finale in Charleston, S.C. on March 1, Delaware once again edged the Cougars by three points, 89-86. Johnson finished the contest with two points and five rebounds in 10 minutes of action.
- Of the players returning to Delaware, this season, Kyle Anderson was the Blue Hens' top scorer against the Flames, last season, posting 14 points, including a trio of three-pointers.
- Tomasz Gielo was Liberty's leading scorer against the Blue Hens, last season, recording 16 points.