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MBB Game Day Central: High Point
Following its first Big South road win of the season, the Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center, Saturday, squaring off with North Division leader High Point. Historically, the Flames have fared well against the Panthers at home, owning a 13-2 record inside the facility. However, the Panthers enter Saturday's contest with a 9-3 record in conference play and a five-game win streak. High Point took the first meeting against the Flames, last month, squeaking out a 77-72 double overtime victory inside the Millis Center. Tipoff for the rematch is slated for 6 p.m., with the contest airing live on the Liberty Channel, ESPN3, ESPN Full Court and MASN.
What to Watch for
- After his 13-game double digit scoring streak came to an end, Tavares Speaks bounced back in a big way, scoring a career-high 28 points at Campbell. There's no question that Speaks felt comfortable playing close to his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. What will Speaks do for an encore now that he's back on his home court?
- The trio of Davon Marshall, Tavares Speaks and John Caleb Sanders have played a huge role in Liberty's recent success in Big South home contests. In the last three conference home games, Marshall has averaged 18.7 ppg, followed by Tavares Speaks (17.7 ppg) and John Caleb Sanders (16.3 ppg). In those three games, the three guards have accounted for 66 percent (158-of-239 point) of Liberty's scoring.
- While High Point's John Brown consistently appears on the high light reel, it was Allan Chaney who gave the Flames fits during the first meeting, pacing the Panthers with 22 points. Although Brown is High Point's leading scorer on the season, Chaney is the team's front runner in conference play, averaging 15.0 points and 7.6 rebounds.
- John Caleb Sanders (827, 27th) is steadily moving up Liberty's all-time scoring ladder. In the last three contests, the Sugar Land Texas native is averaging 21.3 ppg. After scoring 19 points against the Panthers during the first meeting, can Sanders continue the upward trend against the North Division leader on Saturday?