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Continuing Big South play on Wednesday, Liberty heads to nearby Lexington, Va., to take on the No. 5 scoring offense in the country in VMI. The Keydets are looking to knot the all-time series between the Flames, as Liberty holds a slight 14-13 edge. On the other hand, the Flames are looking to snap a teo-game skid against the Keydets inside Cameron Hall. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., with the game airing LIVE on the Liberty Channel.
What to Watch for
- Two words – Stan Okoye. The Big South Conference's points leader is also among the nation's top scorer's at No. 14. The VMI senior and Big South Preseason Player of the Year is coming off a career-high 39 points in the Keydets' 86-77 victory at Presbyterian College, Saturday. Can the Flames' defense prevent the offensively minded Okoye from making them his second act?
- If anyone on the Flames' roster understands what Big South Conference play is all about, it is John Caleb Sanders. The junior guard proved that on Saturday, leading the team with 19 points. While Sanders struggled in the early part of the season, he is turning things up a notch at just the right time. Look for Sanders to lead the Flames by example with his scoring ability.
- Liberty struggled on the inside against UNC Asheville and cannot afford to do so when stepping for into Cameron Hall. Waiting for the Flames in the post will be 6-9 forward D.J. Covington. The Virginia Beach, Va. native enters Wednesday's matchup averaging 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.
- Wednesday's game could turn into a three-point shooting contest rather quickly. Liberty leads the league in three-point field goal percentage (37.6), but the Keydets average 9.1 three-pointers per game compared to 7.5 for the Flames. Dale Layer's squad is also tops in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense. Who is No. 2? That would be the Keydets.