The ASUN Conference announced its 2019-20 schedule that features Liberty beginning conference play on the road at FGCU on Jan. 2.
As Liberty enters its second season in the ASUN, the Flames go into the season as the defending tournament champion. They became the first team since the 1997-98 season to win the ASUN Final in their debut tournament. Liberty was the co-regular season champions along with Lipscomb, which they will first face on Jan. 18 at the Vines Center. The Flames will also close the regular season against the Bisons on the road on March 1.
The only other ASUN team to defeat the Flames last season, besides Lipscomb, was North Florida, and the Flames will face the Ospreys on Jan. 23 in Jacksonville. In the three games Liberty faced North Florida last season, each contest was decided by an average of six points.
The Flames' first home game during conference play will take place on Jan. 9 as they welcome North Alabama to town, who will also be in its second year in the ASUN.
There will be new faces in the conference this year leading the charge as Kennesaw State (Amir Abdul-Rahim), Lipscomb (Lennie Acuff) and Stetson (Donnie Jones) all have new head coaches.
The ASUN is coming off a historic season as three teams earned postseason tournament victories. Liberty upset Mississippi State in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64, while Lipscomb secured four wins en route to the league's first-ever NIT Finals appearance. NJIT also advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIT. All three of those squads set their program's Division I record for wins last season. The 2019 ASUN Conference Men's Basketball Championship dates are set for March 3, 5 and 8. The ASUN Championship Final will be televised on ESPN.
Liberty's 2018-19 ASUN schedule is listed below. The Flames' non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date.
2019-20 Liberty Men's Basketball ASUN Schedule
FGCU | Thursday, Jan. 2 | Fort Myers, Fla.
NJIT | Saturday, Jan. 4 | Newark, N.J.
North Alabama | Thursday, Jan. 9 | Vines Center
Jacksonville | Saturday, Jan. 11 | Vines Center
Lipscomb | Saturday, Jan. 18 | Vines Center
North Florida | Thursday, Jan. 23 | Jacksonville, Fla.
Stetson | Saturday, Jan. 25 | DeLand, Fla.
Kennesaw State | Thursday, Jan. 30 | Vines Center
FGCU | Saturday, Feb. 1 | Vines Center
Jacksonville | Thursday, Feb. 6 | Jacksonville, Fla.
North Alabama | Saturday, Feb. 8 | Florence, Ala.
NJIT | Saturday, Feb. 15 | Vines Center
North Florida | Thursday, Feb. 20 | Vines Center
Stetson | Sunday, Feb. 22 | Vines Center
Kennesaw State | Thursday, Feb. 27 | Kennesaw, Ga.
Lipscomb | Sunday, March 1 | Nashville, Tenn.