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Liberty returns to action on Saturday after an 11-day hiatus from competition. The Flames head to the nation's capital for the second time this season, squaring off with MEAC member Howard. The contest marks the third meeting between the two squads and the first in 16 years. Liberty looks to make it 3-0 all-time against the Bison, who enter the contest with a 2-8 record. Game time inside Burr Gymnasium is slated for 4 p.m.
What to Watch For
- After posting 25 points against Georgia State, Davon Marshall decided to spread the wealth in Liberty's win over Southern Virginia, dishing out a season-best eight assists. While the junior is coming into his own as Liberty's floor general, look for the Flames' points leader to also return to his scoring ways on Saturday.
- The three-ball could be a factor in Saturday's matchup. Liberty enters contest 16th in the country in three-point field goal defense, while averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game (37.6 percent). Meanwhile, the Bison are averaging 2.4 treys and allowing about six per game. Howard's opponents are currently shooting 33.2 percent from the three-point arc, this season.
- Tomasz Gielo has seamlessly reinserted himself into the Liberty lineup. The Poland native has posted double-digit scoring figures in two of his first three games, this season. The sophomore is also second on the Flames in shooting percentage with 47.4 percent (9-of-19).
- Howard enters Saturday's meeting with a slight advantage in the rebounding department. JR Coronado could play a key role inside for the Flames, as he currently accounts for 25 percent of Liberty's rebounding efforts. On the offensive glass, Liberty will look to improve, as it currently averages 8.2 per game and is being outrebound offensively, 98-74. Last season, the Flames averaged 11 offensive boards per game, outrebounding opponents on the year, 351-336.