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MBB Game Day Central: Longwood

February 21, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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MBB Game Day Central: Longwood

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Liberty vs Longwood notes


TV Coverage:
WFFP TV (Lynchburg)
Big South Network
The Walk Network
• The Walk Network Game Day Distribution List
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Warner
Color Commentator: Paul Nazigian

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

The Game

Liberty will look to make history in its final home game of the regular season as the Flames host Longwood. Liberty aims for win number 14 in the Big South for the first time in school history. The Flames will honor its two graduating seniors, Ray Chen and John Dawson, before the start of Thursday night's game against the Lancers.


Matchup Notes

• This will be the 35th all-time meeting between Liberty and Longwood

• Liberty defeated Longwood earlier this season 93-62

• Liberty sits in a tie for second place with Winthrop at 13-3 in the Big South

• Head coach Ritchie McKay is 4-1 all-time against Longwood and 3-0 at the Vines Center

• Liberty is 5-5 in the last 10 meetings against Longwood


Quick Notes

Ryan Kemrite moved into a tie for 33rd place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 794 career points.

• Liberty has the chance to win 14 games in the Big South for the first time in school history.

• Out of 347 teams, the Flames rank no. 26 in the country in scoring defense (63.9 ppg).

• In conference play, Liberty has had eight games decided by seven points or less.

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


Series History

Liberty vs. Longwood History (35th All-Time Meeting, Longwood leads 21-13)


Coaching Matchup

Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay

Overall Record:  235-216 (15th season)

Record at Liberty: 70-58 (Fourth season)

Big South Record: 42-24

Record vs. Longwood: 4-1


Longwood Head Coach: Jayson Gee

Overall Record: 195-146 (10th Season)

Record at Longwood: 35-91 (Fourth Season)

Big South Record: 16-52

Record vs. Liberty: 2-4


Notes and Anecdotes – Longwood

• For just the fourth time in school history, Liberty has the chance to lose back-to-back games in the Big South.

• In Coach McKay's wins against Longwood, Liberty has won by an average of 14.5 points.

• Longwood has not won since Jan. 4 when they defeated Presbyterian.

• Liberty has won two straight at the Vines Center against Longwood

• Under Coach McKay the past two seasons, Liberty is 19-3 when they hold its opponents to 62 points or fewer.


Team Talking Points:

• Liberty ranks no. 26 in scoring defense (63.9 ppg) and first in the Big South

• During conference games, Liberty has allowed opponents to a league-best 62.4 points per game

• On road games during conference play, the Flames have averaged 76.9 points per game compared to just 61.2 at home

• In Liberty's five losses at home (VCU, Furman, Princeton, UNC Asheville and Winthrop) each team has sat in first place or has been tied for first place in their conference this season

• Ryan Kemrite moved into a tie for 33rd place on Liberty's all-time career scoring list with 794 points

• Liberty currently is first in the Big South and ranks no. 29 in the country, averaging 9.3 three-point field goals per game (270-of-739/36.5 percent)

• Liberty has made 270 three pointers this, which ranks no. 18 in Division I

• Liberty currently ranks no. 110 in the country and fifth in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (36.5 percent)

• Liberty has taken its offense on the road, shooting 44.6 percent from the field in conference play but has struggled at home shooting 41.4 percent

• Ritchie McKay picked up his 70th career win at Liberty on Feb. 14 with a win over High Point

• When Liberty has played on the road in Big South games, they have won by an average of 11.1 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 sixth in the Big South and no. 205 in the country (out of 347 teams) in field goal shooting percentage (44.0 percent/650-1478)

• On the season, the Flames are shooting 5.7 percent better during the second half (first half shooting percentage 40.5/266-of-656; second half shooting percentage 46.2/293-of-634)

• The Flames have shot better than 40 percent from three-point range in 13 of their 18 wins

• In its 18 wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 45.9 percent from the field (401-of-873)

• In its 11 setbacks this year, Liberty has shot a combined 39.8 percent from the floor (218-of-548)

• Liberty is 7-5 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 19 times this year and currently ranks second in the Big South in free throw shooting percentage (73.6 percent/396-of-538)

• Liberty has forced 10 or more turnovers in 20 of 29 games this season and ranks fourth in the Big South in turnovers forced (14.0 per game)