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Fresh off a home win against Radford, the Liberty men's basketball team looks to climb higher in the Big South North Division standings, when it squares off against South Division member Gardner-Webb, Saturday. The Flames are 7-3 all-time against the Runnin'Bulldogs, winning the last six contests. Liberty hopes to string together back-to-back conference victories for the first time this season, while Gardner-Webb seeks its first win over the Flames in four years. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., with the contest airing live on ESPN3.
What to Watch for
- John Caleb Sanders is approaching another milestone in his Liberty career, as he needs just 18 points to reach the 800 mark. It could be academic for the Sugar Land, Texas native, as he has recorded 19 or more points in three of the last five contests.
- JR Coronado has been aggressive on the boards as of late. In the last four games, the Venezuelan has averaged 10.8 rpg, garnering double digit boards in contests against Charleston Southern, Winthrop and Radford. Look for Coronado to continue the trend on Saturday.
- It's seemingly impossible to go one game without mentioning the consistency of Tavares Speaks. The senior has posted double digit scoring figures in 13 straight games, averaging 14.5 ppg during the span. While 13 is traditionally an unlucky number, Speaks shouldn't need a rabbit's foot or a four-leaf clover to make it 14.
- The Flames have improved greatly in the turnover department. In the first six games of the season, Liberty averaged 17.0 turnovers per game. In games 7-12 and 13-18, Dale Layer's squad averaged 14.8 and 14.6 turnovers per game, respectively. In its most recent six-game stretch (games 19-24), Liberty is averaging 11.5 turnovers per contest, which includes a season-low seven turnovers at Winthrop last week. Liberty's floor general Davon Marshall has played a huge role in the recent decrease in miscues, committing six total turnovers during the span. In three of those games, Marshall has had zero turnovers.