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Florida, Oklahoma and BYU's Holiday Classic Highlight 2006-07 Men's Basketball Schedule

August 23, 2006
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Larry Blair leads the Flames into an exciting 2006-07 season.

Larry Blair leads the Flames into an exciting 2006-07 season.

Contests at the defending national champion Florida Gators, Big XII's Oklahoma, along with a mid-season trek to BYU's Holiday Classic spotlight the 2006-07 men's basketball schedule as announced by Liberty University Head Coach Randy Dunton.

The Flames will open the season in Norman, Okla. against Big XII power the Oklahoma Sooners on November 16, marking the first meeting between the two programs, followed by seven-straight home games. Liberty will face Cincinnati Christian in its home opener on November 21 followed by games during Thanksgiving week with Houghton College on November 25 and Southern Virginia on November 27. 

Liberty continues the homestand with East Carolina on December 2, St. Francis (Pa.) on December 4 and Longwood on December 9. With seven home games prior to the Christmas break that includes East Carolina, St. Francis (PA), Longwood and Lipscomb, we have an opportunity to establish successful chemistry prior to the conference games," stated Dunton.

Liberty returns to the road to conclude season series with St. Francis (Pa.) on December 16 than the team travels to Buffalo on December 18.  Liberty returns home against Lipscomb on December 21.

The Flames will then take part in BYU's Holiday Classic in Provo, Utah on December 28-30.  Liberty will take on BYU on December 28, Seton Hall on December 29 and Oral Roberts on December 30.  Liberty will start the new year on the road at defending national champions, Florida of the SEC on January 2.
 
The Flames open up their Big South Conference schedule on the road at UNC Asheville (January 6) before returning home against Radford (January 9) and Winthrop (January 13). The Flames will than take to the road for three games against High Point (January 17), Coastal Carolina (January 20) and Charleston Southern (January 22).  

Liberty will return home with games against VMI (January 27), UNC Asheville (January 30) and High Point (February 3).  The Flames make one road trip to Winthrop (February 7) before returning home for games against Charleston Southern (February 10) and Coastal Carolina (February 12).

The Flames play their next two games against non-conference opponents.  First, Liberty will conclude the season series at Longwood on February 15 than they will take part of ESPN's BracketBuster on February 17.  The BracketBuster opponent will be chosen by ESPN approximately three weeks prior to the game. 

"As a program we are honored to have an opportunity to participate in the ESPN BracketBusters field," commented Dunton.  "It presents quality competition with a tournament game atmosphere.  This is valuable experience for our players and can be used effectively for post season preparation."

The Flames conclude the regular season on the road at VMI (February 21) and Radford (February 24) before the Big South Conference Men's Basketball Championship begins on February 27.  The four quarterfinal matches will be played on February 27 on the home court of the higher seed.  The two semifinal games on March 1 will than be played at the regular season champions home court to accommodate ESPNU which will be covering both games.  The championship game will be played at the site of the higher seed on March 3 and will be broadcast by ESPN2 at noon.

"This schedule is highlighted with the defending national champion Florida Gators, Big XII contender Oklahoma Sooners, the Brigham Young University Holiday Classic and another action packed Big South Conference season," added Dunton.

The Flames Television Network (FTN) will broadcast 11 home contests including all Big South Conference matches this year LIVE via the Liberty Channel, the SkyAngel Satellite Network and on www.LibertyFlames.com.