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MBB Game Day Central: UNC Asheville
Liberty looks to end a three-game losing skid in Big South action when it squares off with UNC Asheville, Saturday. Standing in the Flames way is a Bulldogs squad that is tied for first place in the South Division with a 6-3 mark. Freshman Andrew Rowsey leads the Bulldogs on the year with 18.7 ppg, averaging 26.0 ppg in the last six contests. Tipoff for Saturday's matchup is slated for 2 p.m., with the contest airing live on WMYA-TV (Asheville) and simulcast on WSET-TV (Lynchburg/Central Va.).
- While he is fifth overall on the team in scoring , this season, Andrew Smith is leading the team offensively in conference play, averaging 12.1 points per game. Tomasz Gielo follows close behind with 11.7 ppg in league action.
- Through nine Big South games, Liberty is averaging 38.3 rebounds per game (2nd), while holding opponents to 28.8 rpg (1st) for a margin of +9.6. Overall, the Flames began the week ranked in the top 10 nationally in rebound margin.
- The Flames are looking to end a three-game losing skid to the Bulldogs. Liberty's last victory against the conference foe came on Jan. 27, 2011, in the Vines Center when John Brown delivered a buzzer-beating layup in overtime. Asheville leads the all-time series with Liberty 30-20.
- Through 11 true road games, this season, Liberty is shooting 43.0 percent (269-of-625), compared to 47.0 percent (287-610) for its opponents. The Flames are averaging 36.9 rebounds per game, while allowing 32.2 for a margin on 4.6. In terms of turnovers, Liberty is committing 14.8 miscues per game on the road and forcing 10.4 (-4.4 turnover margin). The Flames are averaging 67.2 ppg, while allowing 74.5 ppg (-7.4 margin).