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Game Day Central: Campbell

January 6, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Game Day Central: Campbell

Game Day Central: Campbell


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Liberty vs. Campbell game notes


The Game

Liberty will look to stay above .500 in the Big South Conference as they welcoming Campbell to the Vines Center to close out its first homestand in conference on Saturday. For the second straight season, the Flames have started conference play with a 2-1 record and they will look for their third straight win over the Camels.


Matchup Notes

• This will be the 27th meeting between Liberty and Campbell in school history.

• Last year the Flames and the Camels only faced once, Jan. 9, 2016, where the Flames came out victorious 55-52 at home.

• Liberty is 10-1 all-time at home against the Camels and have won the last ten meetings at home.

• This will be Campbell's third game in the state of Virginia, having already faced VMI and Big South member Longwood.

• Head coach Ritchie McKay is 2-1 all-time against Campbell with both wins coming at the Vines Center.


Quick Notes

• After Tuesday night's loss to UNC Asheville, the Flames are one of five teams with a 2-1 record and sitting in a tie for second place.

Ryan Kemrite is ninth in scoring in Big South games, averaging 17.3 ppg in the first three games and is fifth in field goal percentage at 60 percent.

• Ryan Kemrite reached the 600-career point milestone against UNCA on Tuesday night. He currently sits in a tie for 46th place with 616 career points.

• In the Big South Preseason Coaches Poll, Liberty was picked to finish second in the conference, while Campbell was slotted in eighth place.

• In coach McKay's two wins at the Vines Center over Campbell, Liberty has won by an average of five points.

• 2016 Big South Coach of the Year Ritchie McKay is in his fourth year as head coach at Liberty.


Series History

Liberty vs. Campbell Series History (27th All-Time Meeting, Liberty leads 15-11)


Coaching Matchup

Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay

Overall Record:  223-214 (15th season)

Record at Liberty: 58-56 (Fourth season)


Campbell Head Coach: Kevin McGeehan

Overall Record: 43-56 (Fourth season)

Record at Campbell: Same


Notes and Anecdotes – Campbell

• Liberty lost the first ever meeting at home against Campbell on Jan. 5, 1976 (85-78), since then the Flames have won the last 10 meetings at home over the Camels.

John Dawson scored 15 points against UNC Asheville on Tuesday, reaching the 400-career point milestone at Liberty. He currently has 401 points as a Flame.

• After dropping its conference opener on the road at Longwood, the Camels are 2-0 with home wins over Presbyterian and Charleston Southern

• In the 92-82 win over Charleston Southern, the Camels tied a school record for the fewest turnovers in a game, committing just three

• In all contests this season, Chris Clemons leads the Big South in scoring, averaging 23.2 points per game and is second during Big South games scoring 26.3 points per contest

• During Big South contests, Campbell averages the second most points per game, scoring 79.3 points while Liberty limits its opponents to a league-best 67 points in conference games


Team Talking Points:

• The Flames tied a season low with nine assists against UNC Asheville, their lowest since Nov. 19 at Indiana.

• After connecting on 27 three-pointers in the Flames first two conference games (12 at Presbyterian , 15 at Charleston Southern) Liberty made just six three's against UNC Asheville

• For the first time this season and the first time since Dec. 3, 2015 at Radford, the Liberty bench was held scoreless after not contributing points against UNC Asheville

• Liberty dropped from first place in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (50 percent, 27-54) to third place after going 6-24 against UNC Asheville

• Ryan Kemrite moved from 48th place on the all-time Liberty scoring to a tie for 46th place after reaching 600 career points and currently has 616 points

Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz is one of two freshman in the Big South to rank in the top-13 in assists per game (3.0 apg) during the conference season

• On the season, the Flames currently rank seventh in the Big South and No. 173 in the country (out of 347 teams) in field goal shooting percentage (44.4 percent/362-of-816) moving up 58 spots from from Dec. 21

• On the season, the Flames are shooting 7.3 percent better during the second half (first half shooting percentage 40.6/144-of-354; second half shooting percentage 47.9/166-of-346)

• Liberty currently leads the Big South and ranks No. 26 in the country, averaging 9.6 three-point field goals per game (154-of-405/38.0 percent)

• Liberty currently ranks no. 72 in the country and fourth in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (38.0 percent)

• Liberty outscored Presbyterian's bench 28-16, the most points off the bench since Nov. 21 against UMass Lowell as the bench scored 34 points.

• Liberty outscored PC & CSU' bench 51-37 in the Flames' first two conference games

• The Flames have shot better than 40 percent from three-point range in six of their seven wins (41.4 percent vs. Carin; 43.8 percent vs. UMass Lowell; 53.8 percent vs. Mississippi Valley State; 19.2 percent vs. Central Penn; 46.2 percent at Presbyterian; 53.6 at Charleston Southern)

• In its seven wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 49.0 percent from the field (182-of-371)

• In its nine setbacks this year, Liberty has shot a combined 40.6 percent from the floor (181-of-445)

• The Flames have suffered nine setbacks this year with a combined record of 48-27 record (VCU 12-3/S.O.S - #42; Indiana 10-5/S.O.S - #180; William & Mary 7-6/S.O.S - #132; UNCG 11-5/S.O.S. - #228; Furman 9-6/S.O.S. - #321; Princeton 7-6/S.O.S. - #150; Lamar 9-5/S.O.S. - #347; Houston 12-3/S.O.S. - #171)

• Liberty is 2-5 on the road this season and has not won a non-conference road game since defeating Western Carolina, 63-62, on Dec. 31, 2012

• Liberty has shot 70 percent or better from the free-throw line nine times this year and currently ranks fourth in the Big South in free throw shooting percentage (70.7 percent/198-of-280)

• Liberty currently leads the Big South in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 66.0 points per game

• Liberty has forced 10 or more turnovers in 15 of 14 games this season and ranks fifth in the Big South in turnovers forced (13.4 per game)