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MBB Game Day Central: Longwood

January 21, 2013  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Flames guard Casey Roberts

Flames guard Casey Roberts

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Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.)

Complete Game Notes

The Game
The Liberty men's basketball team returns to the Vines Center, Tuesday night, playing host to Big South newcomer Longwood. The Flames are looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses in conference play, as they off with a 3-16 Lancers squad seeking its first Big South victory. Tipoff for the Commonwealth clash is slated for 7 p.m., with the contest airing live on the Liberty Channel, ESPN3 and MASN2.

What to Watch for
- Although he surpassed the 700-point mark for his Liberty career, the Flames' No. 2 scorer John Caleb Sanders posted just six points against Presbyterian, Saturday. Look for the junior to bounce back in front of the home crowd on Tuesday.

- Tavares Speaks continues to be a consistent scorer for the Flames, posting double digit scoring figures in eight consecutive contests. During the span, Speaks has averaged 13.8 ppg. Will Speaks make it nine straight inside the Vines Center?

- Despite dropping its first five conference contests, the Lancers have lost by an average margin of approximately nine points against Big South opponents, including a three-point defeat at UNC Asheville, Saturday. Expect another close game in the Vines Center.

- In his last four contests, Davon Marshall has recorded a total of three assists, a far cry from his season-high of nine on Dec. 28. Perhaps the New York native can return to form and find the open man on Tuesday.

- While he has appeared in just 10 of Liberty's 19 games averaging 14.4 minutes per game, Joel Vander Pol is already second on the team in blocks (10) and trails only JR Coronado in rebounds per game (6.0 rpg). Look for the center to continue to impact the post versus Longwood.