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MBB Game Day Central: Longwood

January 24, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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MBB Game Day Central: Longwood

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Liberty vs Longwood notes


TV Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
WPLY 98.5/105.9 FM (Lynchburg)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York

The Game

After falling out of a tie for first place in the Big South, Liberty will head back on the road starting with in-state opponent, Longwood. After trying the record, the Flames will look to win its first five road games in conference for the first time in school history. Liberty enters the weekend in a tie for second place. 


Matchup Notes

• This will be the 34th meeting all-time between Liberty and Winthrop.

• Last year Liberty swept the season series winning by a combined three points

• Liberty is 3-14 all-time on the road against Longwood

• Liberty starts the week tied in second place while Longwood sits in ninth place

• Head coach Ritchie McKay is 3-1 all-time against Longwood and 1-1 at Willett Hall.

• Longwood is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings against the Flames at Willett Hall.


Quick Notes

• Liberty has the chance to go 5-0 in its first Big South road games for the first time in school history

• Liberty has held opponents in the Big South to 65 points or less in the last five games

Ryan Kemrite moved into a tie for 42nd place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 668 career points tied with Nathan Day.

• In Liberty's eight conference games they have held its opponent below its scoring average. Liberty's eight opponents faced Liberty averaging a combined 72.1 points per game and the Flames have allowed 62.5 points per contest in conference

• In the Big South Preseason Coaches' Poll, Liberty was picked to finish second in the conference, while Longwood was voted ninth in the conference.

• 2016 Big South Coach of the Year Ritchie McKay is in his fourth year as head coach at Liberty 


Series History

Liberty vs. Longwood Series History (34th All-Time Meeting, Longwood leads 21-12)


Coaching Matchup

Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay

Overall Record:  227-215 (15th season)

Record at Liberty: 62-57 (Fourth season)

Big South Record: 28-16

Record vs. Longwood: 3-1


Longwood Head Coach: Jayson Gee

Overall Record: 195-138 (10th Season)

Record at Longwood: 35-82 (Fourth Season)

Big South Record: 16-44

Record vs. Liberty: 2-3


Notes and Anecdotes – Longwood

• It will be a battle of the Big South's top defense in Liberty (64.5 ppg) and the league's worst defense in Longwood (78.9 ppg).

• During Liberty's seven conference games, the Flames have held the opponents leading scorer below their average in six games as leading scorers are averaging just 11.5 ppg against Liberty

• During conference play, Longwood has three players ranked in the top-11 in points per game Khris Lane (20.4 ppg), Isaiah Walton (15.3 ppg) and Darrion Allen (13.8 ppg).

• Longwood's Khris Lane ranks No. 3 in Big South games averaging 20.4 ppg in Big South games and fifth in rebounds pulling down 7.4 rebounds per contest in conference.

• The past four games against Longwood have been determined by an average of 3.75 points.

• Under Coach McKay the past two seasons, Liberty is 16-3 when they hold its opponents to 62 points or fewer


Team Talking Points:

• Liberty ranks No. 35 in scoring defense (64.5 ppg) and first in the Big South

• On road games during conference play, the Flames have averaged 72.8 points per game compared to just 57.8 at home

• Liberty has taken its offense on the road, shooting 48.5 percent from the field in conference play but has struggled at home shooting 37.9 percent

• Dating back to last season starting on Jan. 19, 2016 the Flames have played a full conference season (19 games) and have posted a record of 14-5 in regular season games in the Big South with a winning percentage of .736

• In its past five conference games (vs. Campbell, at High Point, at Radford, vs. Gardner-Webb, vs. Winthrop) Liberty has limited its opponents to 59.8 points per game

• In Liberty's last three games the Flames have shot 33-38 (86.8%) from the free-throw line with 1:15 left in regulation and overtime

• When Liberty has played on the road in Big South games, they have won by an average of 9.5 points

• The Flames made a season-high 10 consecutive field goals against Campbell

• Since receiving a DNP against Princeton, Lovell Cabbil has averaged 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in the last 11 games

• After being inserted into the starting lineup in the past nine games, Lovell Cabbil has averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists

• Ryan Kemrite currently sits in a tie for 42nd place on Liberty's all-time career scoring list with 683 points

• For the first time this season and the first time since Dec. 3, 2015 at Radford, the Liberty bench was held scoreless after not contributing points against UNC Asheville

• On the season, the Flames currently rank seventh in the Big South and No. 234 in the country (out of 347 teams) in field goal shooting percentage (43.1 percent/459-of-1064)

• On the season, the Flames are shooting 4.9 percent better during the second half (first half shooting percentage 40.0/192-of-480; second half shooting percentage 46.1/215-of-466)

• Liberty currently is second in the Big South and ranks No. 63 in the country, averaging 8.8 three-point field goals per game (185-of-519/36.7 percent)

• Liberty currently ranks no. 152 in the country and third in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (35.6 percent)

• After just nine bench points in the last two games, (0 vs. UNC Asheville, 9 vs. Campbell) Liberty averaged 17.5 points at High Point and Radford

• Liberty outscored PC & CSU' bench 51-37 in the Flames' first two conference games

• The Flames have shot better than 40 percent from three-point range in six of their 11 wins (41.4 percent vs. Carin; 43.8 percent vs. UMass Lowell; 53.8 percent vs. Mississippi Valley State; 19.2 percent vs. Central Penn; 46.2 percent at Presbyterian; 53.6 at Charleston Southern)

• In its 11 wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 46.1 percent from the field (262-of-568)

• In its 10 setbacks this year, Liberty has shot a combined 39.9 percent from the floor (198-of-496)

• Liberty is 4-5 on the road this season and has not won a non-conference road game since defeating Western Carolina, 63-62, on Dec. 31, 2012

• Liberty has shot 70 percent or better from the free-throw line 13 times this year and currently ranks second in the Big South in free throw shooting percentage (72.9 percent/280-of-384)

• Liberty has forced 10 or more turnovers in 14 of 20 games this season and ranks fifth in the Big South in turnovers forced (14.1 per game)