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The Liberty men's basketball team kicks off the 2012-13 season at Richmond, Friday. The Flames will look to even the series between the two squads, as the Spiders currently hold a 2-1 advantage. Last season, Richmond hosted Liberty on Dec. 28, 2011, pulling away in the second half to win 77-61. Game time for the rematch inside the Robins Center is slated for 7 p.m.
What to Watch for
- After two years of playing alongside his older brother Jesse, John Caleb Sanders will take the court this season without Liberty's all-time assist leader. On Friday, the younger Sanders needs just four points to reach 500 for his Liberty career. If he continues his scoring trend, John Caleb could one day join his brother in the program's 1,000-point club. Coincidentally, Jesse became the 22nd member of the 1,000-point club in the Flames' meeting with the Spiders, last season.
- The Flames are looking to overcome history in Friday's matchup, holding a 3-17 record in season openers away from home. A win over the Spiders would mark Liberty's first-ever season-opening victory over a Division I opponent on the road. The Flames have also not won a lid lifter away from Lynchburg since defeating Brooklyn, 80-65, on Nov. 29, 1988, Liberty's first season as a Division I institution.
- After finishing last in the Big South in three-pointers made (125) during the 2011-12 season, the Flames hope to improve their stroke from long distance. Newcomers like Davon Marshall and Chad Donley could solve the problem. Last season at Monroe, Marshall shot 45.7 percent (102-of-223) from three-point range.
- A question mark surrounding the Flames is how they replace the loss of four-year starting point guard Jesse Sanders. At the No. 1 spot, Davon Marshall is expected to step in as the team's floor general. Meanwhile, Antwan Burrus gives the Flames senior leadership and a strong rebounding presence. Jesse's younger brother John Caleb showed his maturity as a scorer, last season, and looks to build on a solid 2011-12 campaign.