Sommy Ogukwe and the Flames will look to improve to 7-1 in conference play when they take on Radford this Saturday inside the Dedmon Center. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Game Day Central Fresh off a 66-60 road victory over High Point on Thursday, the Liberty men's basketball team will step into the Dedmon Center on Saturday to take on the Radford Highlanders. Liberty is looking to move to 7-1 in Big South play and 4-0 in conference road games. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. Radford holds the advantage in the all-time series with a 32-24 record and 21-5 posting in the Dedmon Center. However, the Flames have experienced recent success in the facility and are looking for their third straight road win against Radford and its fourth in five seasons. Radford enters Saturday's contest with a 4-12 record overall and a 1-5 posting in conference play. On Thursday, the Highlanders hosted VMI. Radford finished the contest with four players in double-digit scoring figures – Johnathan Edwards (13), Evan Faulkner (10), Jareal Smith (10) and Blake Smith (10). However, the Keydets had six players rack up double digits, including a 20-point effort by Austin Kenon to best the Highlanders, 105-71. Radford is currently 10th in the conference in scoring offense, averaging 59.3 points per game. Meanwhile, Liberty leads the Big South in scoring defense, holding opponents to 63.5 points per contest. Against Big South opponents, Radford is averaging 59.0 points per game, while Liberty's scoring defense is slightly better in conference play (62.0 ppg). Along the three-point arc, Radford is 10th in the conference in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 28.0 percent. Liberty is No. 2 in the league in three-point field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 29.0 percent from long range. The Flames are third in the league in rebounding, grabbing 39.2 boards per game and holding opponents to 32.5 rebounds per contest for a rebounding margin of + 6.6 (No. 2 in Big South). Radford is eighth in the conference in rebounding, averaging 34.3 per game. The Highlanders are also seventh in the league in rebounding defense, allowing 38.1 boards per game for a margin of – 3.8 (10th).
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