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MBB Game Day Central: UNC Asheville

February 24, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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MBB Game Day Central: UNC Asheville

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Liberty vs UNC Asheville notes

 

TV Coverage:
American Sports Network
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Evan Lepler
Color Commentator: Jeff Jackson

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

The Game

Liberty closes out the regular season on the road facing UNC Asheville. The Flames enter Saturday's matchup in a way three-way tie for first place in the Big South with a chance at a regular season title for the first time since 2004.

 

Matchup Notes

• This will be the 59th all-time meeting between Liberty and UNC Asheville

• UNC Asheville defeated Liberty earlier this season 70-57 at the Vines Center

• Liberty sits tied in first place with UNC Asheville and Winthrop

• Head coach Ritchie McKay is 2-7 all-time against UNC Asheville and 0-4 at the Kimmel Arena

• Liberty is 0-10 in the last 10 meetings against UNC Asheville

 

Quick Notes

• Liberty looks for its first 20-win season since 2008-09 when the Flames went 23-12.

Ryan Kemrite joined the 800-point club against Longwood as he now sits in 30th place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 804 career points.

• For the first time in school history, Liberty has won 14 games in the Big South.

• Out of 347 teams, the Flames rank no. 19 in the country in scoring defense (63.3 ppg).

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

• For the third time in school history Liberty avoided back-to-back losses in the Big South.

 

Series History

Liberty vs. UNC Asheville History (59th All-Time Meeting, UNC Asheville leads 38-20)

 

Coaching Matchup

Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay

Overall Record:  236-216 (15th season)

Record at Liberty: 71-58 (Fourth season)

Big South Record: 43-24

Record vs. UNC Asheville: 2-7

 

UNC Asheville Head Coach: Nick McDevitt

Overall Record: 76-51 (Fourth Season)

Record at UNC Asheville: Same

Big South Record: 46-23

Record vs. Liberty: 8-0

 

Notes and Anecdotes – UNC Asheville

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

• Since coach McKay returned to Liberty last season, UNC Asheville is 0-3 at the Kimmel Arena

• UNC Asheville has defeated Liberty in the last 11 meetings.

• In the last two trips to Kimmel Arena, Liberty has lost by an average of 15 points.

• Under Coach McKay the past two seasons, Liberty is 20-3 when they hold its opponents to 62 points or fewer.

 

Team Talking Points:

• Liberty ranks no. 19 in scoring defense (63.3 ppg) and first in the Big South

• During conference games, Liberty has allowed opponents to a league-best 61.4 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 30th place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 804 career points

• Liberty currently is first in the Big South and ranks no. 30 in the country, averaging 9.3 three-point field goals per game (280-of-764/36.6 percent)

• Liberty has made 280 three pointers this, which ranks no. 16 in Division I

• Liberty currently ranks no. 106 in the country and fifth in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (36.6 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 43.6 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. 207 in the country (out of 347 teams) in field goal shooting percentage (44.0 percent/672-1527)

• On the season, the Flames are shooting 5.5 percent better during the second half (first half shooting percentage 40.7/277-of-681; second half shooting percentage 46.2/304-of-658)

• The Flames have shot 40 percent or better from three-point range in 14 of their 19 wins

• In its 19 wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 45.9 percent from the field (423-of-922)

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

• Liberty is 7-6 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 20 times this year and currently ranks second in the Big South in free throw shooting percentage (73.7 percent/403-of-547)

• Liberty has forced 10 or more turnovers in 21 of 30 games this season and ranks fourth in the Big South in turnovers forced (14.0 per game)