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The Liberty men's basketball team returns to action, Saturday, playing host to Coastal Carolina. The Flames are looking for their first Big South win of the season, as they welcome the Chanticleers, who are 2-0 in conference play. Liberty holds the lead in the all-time series, 26-23, but the Chanticleers have erased the deficit in recent years, winning five of the last six meetings. The 50th meeting between the two squads tips off at 6 p.m., and will air live on the Liberty Channel, ESPN3 and MASN.
What to Watch for
- While the Chanticleers roster features a number of freshmen, the team still possesses quality senior leadership. Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood are pacing Coastal Carolina's offense, this season, averaging 18.9 and 13.2 ppg, respectively. Entering Saturday's matchup, the senior duo accounts for nearly 46.0 percent of the Chanticleers' scoring. A big key to the game for Liberty will involve containing these two consistent scorers.
- Whether he's come off the bench or received the starting nod, Tavares Speaks has been Mr. Consistency for Liberty. The senior has posted double scoring figures in each of the last five games, averaging 13.6 ppg. Look for Speaks to continue this trend, regardless of when he takes the court.
- Although Davon Marshall remains Liberty's scoring leader, this season, he's been receiving some more help recently from John Caleb Sanders. The Sugar Land, Texas native is leading the Flames in scoring during the last five games, averaging 14.6 ppg. Averaging 16.5 ppg through the first two conference contests, Sanders hopes to continue to trend upward.
- In last year's win over Coastal Carolina, Joel Vander Pol put on a show inside the Vines Center, giving the Flames 13 points and six rebounds off the bench. Since returning to the lineup, this season, Vander Pol has provided a boost to the Flames in rebounding and blocking. With Vander Pol averaging 20 minutes in the last two contests, the 6-10 center could be a significant factor inside, once again.