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MBB Game Day Central: Campbell

January 27, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Photo Courtesy: Longwood Athletics

Photo Courtesy: Longwood Athletics

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Liberty vs Campbell notes


TV Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
WPLY 98.5/105.9 FM (Lynchburg)
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York

The Game

After a 31-point win on Thursday night over Longwood, the Liberty men's basketball team will conclude its Big South road trip with a matchup against Campbell. The Flames will look to continue history as they have now won its first five road games in conference for the first time in school history.


Matchup Notes

• This will be the 28th meeting all-time between Liberty and Campbell.

• Liberty defeated Campbell earlier this year at the Vines Center (61-54).

• Liberty has won its last three meetings against the Camels.

• Liberty sits in a tie for second place after Thursday night's 93-62 win against Longwood

• Head coach Ritchie McKay is 3-1 all-time against Campbell but has not won at Gore Arena

• Liberty is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings against the Camels


Quick Notes

• Liberty surpassed the 2010-11 team in the record books Thursday night as the only Liberty team to win its first five road games in conference play

• Liberty's 93 points against Longwood was the most points Liberty has scored in a Big South game since Feb. 19, 2013 when they scored 101 in a loss to Longwood

• Liberty has held opponents in the Big South to 65 points or less in the last six games

Ryan Kemrite moved into 41st place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 705 career points, just two points behind Seth Curry.

• In Liberty's nine conference games they have held its opponent below its scoring average. The Flames have allowed 62.4 points per contest in conference

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

• 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 (28th All-Time Meeting, Liberty leads 16-11)


Coaching Matchup

Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay

Overall Record:  228-215 (15th season)

Record at Liberty: 63-57 (Fourth season)

Big South Record: 29-16

Record vs. Campbell: 3-1


Campbell Head Coach: Kevin McGeehan

Overall Record: 44-56 (Fourth season)

Record at Campbell: Same

Big South Record: 19-42

Record vs. Liberty: 1-5


Notes and Anecdotes – Campbell

• Campbell's Chris Clemons continues to lead the Big South in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game this season and 24.8 during conference

• Clemons ranks no. sixth in the country in scoring average

• Liberty has won the last three meetings against the Camels

• Since playing each other since 1975, the Camels and the Flames have never gone to overtime

• Earlier this season on Jan. 7, Liberty held Campbell to 54 points, their second fewest point total this season

• Under Coach McKay the past two seasons, Liberty is 16-3 when they hold its opponents to 62 points or fewer


Team Talking Points:

• Halfway through conference play, Liberty is 7-2, a one-game improvement from last year's 6-3 record

• On Tuesday, Jan. 27 against Longwood, Liberty scored the most points in Division I in regulation with 93 points. Montana State scored 94 points in double overtime against Idaho.

• The Flames tied a school-record 17 three-pointers in a game against Longwood and tied the record for the most in the Big South this season

• Liberty ranks No. 37 in scoring defense (64.4 ppg) and first in the Big South

• Ryan Kemrite has led Liberty in scoring in the past three games, averaging 19.0 points per game

• On road games during conference play, the Flames have averaged 76.8 points per game compared to just 57.8 at home

• Ryan Kemrite currently sits in a tie for 42nd place on Liberty's all-time career scoring list with 705 points, just two points behind Seth Curry

• Liberty has taken its offense on the road, shooting 49.8 percent from the field in conference play but has struggled at home shooting 37.9 percent

• In its past six conference games (vs. Campbell, at High Point, at Radford, vs. Gardner-Webb, vs. Winthrop, at Longwood) Liberty has limited its opponents to 60.1 points per game

• During Big South games, the Flames have shot 33-38 (86.8%) from the free-throw line with 1:15 left in regulation and overtime

• When Liberty has played on the road in Big South games, they have won by an average of 13.6 points

• The Flames made a season-high 10 consecutive field goals against Campbell

• Since receiving a DNP against Princeton, Lovell Cabbil has averaged  the second most points on the team (11.5 points) as well as 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the last 12 games

• 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

• On the season, the Flames currently rank seventh in the Big South and No. 234 in the country (out of 347 teams) in field goal shooting percentage (43.7 percent/490-of-1121)

• On the season, the Flames are shooting 4.9 percent better during the second half (first half shooting percentage 41.6/210-of-504; second half shooting percentage 46.0/228-of-495)

• Liberty currently is first in the Big South and ranks No. 37 in the country, averaging 9.2 three-point field goals per game (202-of-549/36.8 percent)

• Liberty currently ranks no. 105 in the country and third in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (36.8 percent)

• Liberty is averaging 16.75 points off the bench in the last four games

• The Flames have shot better than 40 percent from three-point range in seven of their 12 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, 56.7 at Longwood)

• In its 12 wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 46.9 percent from the field (293-of-625)

• In its 10 setbacks this year, Liberty has shot a combined 39.9 percent from the floor (198-of-496)

• Liberty is 5-5 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 14 times this year and currently ranks second in the Big South in free throw shooting percentage (72.8 percent/294-of-404)

• Liberty has forced 10 or more turnovers in 15 of 22 games this season and ranks fourth in the Big South in turnovers forced (14.0 per game)