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MBB Game Day Central: No. 4 Coastal Carolina

March 3, 2013
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Flames guard Tavares Speaks

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Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.)

Complete Game Notes

The Game
After garnering the No. 5 seed in the North Division, the Liberty men's basketball team will square off with the South Division's No. 4 seed Coastal Carolina on the Chanticleers' home court inside The HTC Center during the opening round of the 2013 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship, Tuesday. The meeting marks the first tournament matchup between the two squads in nine years, with Liberty leading Coastal Carolina, 3-0 all-time in postseason play. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. with the contest being streamed live on the Big South Network.

What to Watch for
- After posting six three-pointers in Liberty's 73-56 win over Radford, Saturday, Davon Marshall needs one more to surpass Anthony Smith (84, 2008) for third all-time for most three-point field goals by a Liberty player in a single season.

- Although he was held scoreless in Liberty's home final against VMI, Tomasz Gielo turned things around on Saturday with 10 points off the bench. Perhaps the Polish player can keep the momentum going versus the Chanticleers, the team he achieved a career-high 19 points against earlier this season.

- Tavares Speaks played a huge role defensively in the first meeting, helping hold Anthony Raffa scoreless in the first half. Liberty also held the Chanticleers' to 10.0 percent shooting (2-of-20) from three-point range. Will the Flames be able to duplicate their defensive performance in the rematch?

Big South Championship Notes
- The Flames are making their 22nd appearance in the conference tournament. Liberty holds a 17-19 (.472) record all-time in the Big South Championship, with four finals appearances and two titles (1994, 2004).

- Liberty is seeking its first Big South Championship win in four years. The last time the Flames won in the tournament was March 3, 2009, defeating No. 6 Gardner-Webb as a No. 3 seed in the Vines Center, 88-77. Liberty lost the next night to VMI in Radford's Dedmon Center, 78-58.