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The Liberty men's basketball team returns to action, Saturday, continuing Big South play against Charleston Southern. The Buccaneers enter the contest atop the conference's South Division and are the only team that remains undefeated in league play (6-0). Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m., following a matchup between the Lady Flames and Longwood at 5 p.m. Liberty's clash with the Buccaneers will air live on the Liberty Channel, ESPN3 and MASN.
What to Watch for
- Liberty has won five straight meetings against the Buccaneers in the Vines Center. The Flames own an average scoring margin of 15 points in those five contests. The last time Charleston Southern left the Vines Center victorious occurred during Barclay Radebaugh's first season as head coach on Feb. 11, 2006. That day, the Buccaneers won decisively, defeating the Flames, 61-45.
- While the Flames lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense, they have struggled at times against teams that shoot a high volume of treys. The Buccaneers are highly formidable from downtown, pacing the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (37.2) and three-pointers per game (9.6). On the flip side, the Flames are second in three-point shooting (37.0), while knocking down approximately seven three-pointers per contest (third in Big South). Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are eighth in three-point field goal defense, allowing opponents to shoot 33.9 percent from long range. Look for the three-ball to be a constant theme throughout the contest.
- Containing Charleston Southern point guard will be a key to the Flames' success, Saturday. The sophomore floor general is sixth in the Big South in scoring (15.0 ppg) and is second in assists, averaging 5.6 per game. Last season, Nimley averaged 18.7 points in three games against the Flames.
- Liberty will need to be strong on the boards against the Buccaneers. Charleston Southern leads the conference in rebounding, grabbing 39.3 boards per game. Although the Flames have made an improvement in the rebounding department since beginning Big South play (36.7 rpg in conference games), they will need to be at the top of their game against the league's strongest rebounding squad.