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MBB Game Day Central: Radford

February 25, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central
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The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center on Thursday to play host to fellow Commonwealth competitor, Radford. The Flames look to snap a three-game skid, while the Highlanders are currently tied for fourth place, one game back of top seeds High Point and Charleston Southern. Radford enters Thursday's matchup leading the all-time series, 35-30. Liberty will attempt to halt a three-game losing streak against its most common opponent, while also picking up its first win against the Highlanders in nearly two years. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., with the contest broadcasting live on the Liberty Flames Sports Network, MASNHD, ESPN3 and the Big South Network.

What to Watch for
- Joe Retic returned on Saturday after missing 12 games due to a fractured foot. He played for 14 minutes, finishing with two points. Retic checked in at the 15:06 mark and posted his lone basket at 12:48. Look for Retic's role to increase as the team heads into postseason play.

- Andrew Smith (683 points) needs 17 more points to reach 700 for his collegiate career. He is currently tied for 41st on Liberty's all-time scoring list with Nathan Day.

- Jordan Dembley is continuing to take full advantage in his role as a starter. Dembley concluded Saturday's contest with 21 minutes of game action and a career-high 10 points.

- Liberty's loss at Gardner-Webb marks the first time the Flames have gone winless in true road games since the 2005-06 season and the first time Liberty has failed to win a road or neutral site game in the regular season since the 1998-99 campaign.

- Liberty is currently 7-7 in the Vines Center, this season, and went 7-8 in the facility last year. The last time the Flames finished below .500 at home in back-to-back seasons was the 1997-98 and 1998-99 campaigns.

- In the seven games freshman point guard Jordan Dembley has started, the Flames have averaged 13.4 turnovers per game. In the 22 games prior, the Flames were averaging 17.3 miscues per contest.

- In the last six games, Theo Johnson is leading the Flames with 13.8 ppg.

Notes and Anecdotes
- Prior to serving alongside Mike Jones on Shaka Smart's staff at VCU, current Radford assistant coach Kyle Getter was an assistant coach at Liberty during the 2008-09 season. Getter joined the staff, replacing Dale Layer, who left the Hill City for one year before returning as Liberty's head coach the following season.

- Since the series began on Jan. 28, 1975, Liberty and Radford have squared off 65 times, making the Highlanders the Flames' most common opponent in program history. Sitting in second is Charleston Southern, with 58 total games against the Flames.

- In its 16 conference games, Liberty is averaging 61.1 ppg and allowing 73.4 ppg. The Flames are shooting 41.4 percent compared to 43.4 percent for their opponents. Liberty is grabbing 33.4 boards per game, while opponents are averaging 34.8. The Flames are committing 15.7 turnovers in conference play and forcing 11.1 per game.

- In 14 home games, Liberty is averaging 66.4 ppg, while holding opponents to 63.4 ppg. The Flames are shooting 45.8 percent compared to 38.3 percent for the opposition. Liberty is also averaging 38.0 rebounds per game and holding opponents to 32.9 boards. The Flames are also committing an average of 15.4 turnovers per game, while forcing 11.8 per contest.