As Liberty men's basketball gears up for the 2018-19 season, the Flames announced their inaugural ASUN schedule today that features 16 games.
Liberty will quickly get challenged as the Flames travel to the defending ASUN regular season champion, Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU), in their ASUN opener on Jan. 5. The Flames will play three of their first four conference games on the road. Liberty's first matchup with the defending ASUN Tournament Champion, Lipscomb, will be at the Vines Center on Jan. 29. In return, the Flames will travel to Lipscomb on Feb. 13. At the end of last season, Lipscomb was ranked No. 24 in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll, while FGCU and Liberty both received 13 votes.
FGCU has found recent success in the ASUN, finishing atop the regular season standings the past two seasons and three of the last five seasons. The Eagles have finished either No. 1 or No. 2 in the ASUN for the past six seasons. Quickly rising up the standings has been Lipscomb, finishing top-two in the past two seasons. Lipscomb has posted 43 wins in the last two seasons while FGCU has recorded 49 victories.
The ASUN has been put on the map during the NCAA Tournament as FGCU made it to the Sweet 16 in 2013 as a No. 15 seed. In the following season, former ASUN member, Mercer, upset Duke as a No. 14 seed. Last season, Lipscomb was a No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament and faced No. 2 seed North Carolina.
The 2019 ASUN Men's Basketball Championship will feature quarterfinals on March 4, semifinals on March 7 and the championship game on March 10. All eight tournament-eligible conference members participate (North Alabama is ineligible for postseason play during its transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I), and each game is played on the home court of the higher-seeded team. The last three ASUN title games have taken place at FGCU's Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.
Liberty's 2018-19 ASUN schedule is listed below. The Flames' non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date.
2018-19 Liberty Men's Basketball ASUN Schedule
Jan. 5 – at FGCU (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Jan. 9 – at Stetson (DeLand, Fla.)
Jan. 12 – Home vs. Jacksonville
Jan. 16 – at Kennesaw State (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Jan. 19 – Home vs. North Florida
Jan. 21 – Home vs. North Alabama
Jan. 27 – at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Jan. 29 – Home vs. Lipscomb
Feb. 2 – Home vs. NJIT
Feb. 5 – Home vs. Stetson
Feb. 9 – Home vs. FGCU
Feb. 13 – at Lipscomb (Nashville, Tenn.)
Feb. 16 – at North Alabama (Florence, Ala.)
Feb. 23 – at North Florida (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Feb. 26 – Home vs. Kennesaw State
March 1 – at NJIT (Newark, N.J.)
March 4 – ASUN Men's Basketball Championship Quarterfinals
March 7 – ASUN Men's Basketball Championship Semifinals
March 10 – ASUN Men's Basketball Championship Game