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Liberty Men's Basketball Hits the Hardwood for First Official Practice of the Season
The Liberty men's basketball squad officially begins its preparation for the 2007-08 season tonight at 9 p.m., when new head coach Ritchie McKay leads the charge into the Flames' first practice of the year, at the Vines Center.
"Like most programs around the country, we are very excited to kickoff the season today," said McKay. "Our guys have done a great job in terms of their effort in conditioning and preseason workouts. Now we get a chance to practice every day as we continue in our quest to build the program to a championship level."
The Flames, recently picked to finish sixth in the Big South Conference preseason poll, will practice from 9 to 11:30 p.m. this evening. The session will be closed to the public. McKay inherits a team that returns nine players from a squad that finished third in the Big South last season. With the changing of the guard, McKay is very pleased with how the team has embraced the new system.
"With the start of every new season, especially when you have a new coach, there is always a sense of anticipation that is sometimes met with apprehension," commented McKay. "I am very pleased with the attitude and the unity our guys have displayed in the initial part of the school year."
The Flames have 23 short days before they compete in their only exhibition contest of the year. Defending NCAA Division II champions, Barton, will invade the Vines Center on Nov. 5.
"We have a very challenging schedule, including a competitive conference race," stated McKay. "Today starts the official beginning of us reaching towards our goals."
The challenging schedule official starts on Nov. 9, when the Flames' play 2007 NIT participant San Diego State, as part of Fresno State's World Vision Classic.