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Men's Hoops Ranked No. 21 in Mid-Major Top 25

February 17, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Flames have found themselves ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 for 11 straight weeks.

The Flames have found themselves ranked in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 for 11 straight weeks.

The Liberty Flames are ranked No. 21 in this week's CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. Liberty, the fourth-youngest men's basketball team in the nation, at an average age of 19.31 per player, has been ranked in the prestigious poll now for 11 straight weeks.

Liberty has reached new heights this season, earning a national ranking in CollegeInsider.com's prominent mid-major poll for the first time in program history. The Flames uniquely start five guards, and they lead the nation in minutes played by freshmen. Nearly 61 percent of the minutes played by Liberty are filled by freshmen, a group that coincidently was part of a recruiting class Basketball Times ranked in its top 50 in 2008.

The budding squad tallied its 20th victory of the season on Monday, marking the first time in 12 years a Liberty men's basketball team has reached the 20-victory plateau in a season, and just the fifth overall in 37 seasons of basketball.

On Dec. 8, Liberty was ranked No. 13, marking the first time the Flames had ever appeared in the Top 25, after receiving votes the week prior (49) and for three straight weeks early in the 2006-07 season. Liberty was ranked No. 12 on Dec. 15, but fell three spaces to No. 15 on Dec. 22 after tough road losses at DePaul (63-64) and Saint Louis (70-73). Liberty returned to No. 12 on Dec. 29, before falling back to No. 15 on Jan. 5 after a week that included a loss. Liberty split its games the following week, falling to No. 21. Liberty improved to No. 16 after a 91-80 road win at VMI on Jan. 17. Liberty spent two weeks at No. 19, before falling to position at No. 23 on Feb. 9. Two victories last week moved the Flames up to No. 21 on Monday.

VMI is currently ranked No. 15 in this week's poll and has been ranked in the Top 25 every poll that Liberty has appeared in, the first time in league history the Big South Conference has had two teams recognized on the list. Radford has received votes the past couple weeks, and in this recent poll received the most of any team not in the Top 25.

Liberty returns to the hardwood on Saturday, when they take a break from Big South action to participate in the 2009 ESPNU BracketBuster. The Flames will travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m., and the contest will be televised on ESPNU, as one of 13 televised games in this season's BracketBuster event.

Next Top 25:  Feb. 23        
           
   

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  1. Gonzaga (20) 19-5 759 2  
  2. Butler (11) 22-3 752 1  
  3. Davidson 22-4 718 3  
  4. Siena 20-6 618 6  
  5. St. Mary's 20-5 606 5  
  6. Creighton 21-6 590 8  
  7. Northern Iowa 18-8 589 7  
  8. Illinois State 21-5 587 11  
  9. Wisconsin-Green Bay 19-8 486 4  
10. Western Kentucky 17-8 469 9  
11. VCU 18-8 463 10  
12. Niagara 21-6 357 18  
13. Arkansas-Little Rock 19-6 346 19  
14. Cleveland State 18-8 318 22  
15. VMI 20-6 309 12  
16. College of Charleston 18-7 290 14  
17. Weber State 17-8 284 25  
18. George Mason 17-8 269 16  
19. Northeastern 16-9 220 15  
20. Buffalo 17-6 217 17  
21. Liberty 20-8 169 23  
22. North Dakota State 19-6 166 20  
23. Robert Morris 19-8 74 NR  
24. American 17-7 64 NR  
25. Vermont 20-7 48 NR  
 
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:  Radford 41, Miami (OH) 33, Portland State 32, Stephen F. Austin 31, Troy 27, Cornell 20, Tennessee-Martin 19, East Tennessee State 17, Austin Peay 13, Portland 13, Nicholls State 10, The Citadel 7, Sam Houston State 7, Wright State 7, Bradley 6, Montana 5, Jacksonville 4, Binghamton 2, Drexel 2, Morgan State 2, Boston University 1, Morehead State 1, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1.