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MBB Game Day Central: Presbyterian

January 30, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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MBB Game Day Central: Presbyterian

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Liberty vs Presbyterian notes


TV Coverage:
WFFP TV (Lynchburg)
Big South Network
The Walk Network
• The Walk Network Game Day Distribution List
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Matt Warner
Color Commentator: Paul Nazigian

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

The Game

After Liberty went 2-0 on the road last week against Longwood and Campbell, the Flames sit in a tie for first place as they head back home for a two-game homestand starting Tuesday night versus Presbyterian. The Flames will look for its second winning streak in Big South play of at least three games. 


Matchup Notes

• This will be the 19th meeting all-time between Liberty and Presbyterian (Series tied 9-9).

• Liberty defeated Presbyterian in the first Big South game this year 77-61 in South Carolina

• Liberty is tied for first place with Winthrop and UNC Asheville with an 8-2 conference record

• Head coach Ritchie McKay is 4-2 all-time against Presbyterian and 2-1 at the Vines Center

• Liberty is 4-6 in the last 10 meetings against Presbyterian


Quick Notes

• Liberty is 6-0 on the road in the Big South for the first time in school history.

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

• Liberty posted back-to-back victories of 30-plus points for first time ever in the Big South

• Liberty won by an average of 31.5 points versus Longwood and Campbell, the highest of margin of victory for back-to-back games in the Big South in school history. The Flames defeated UNCG and Charleston Southern on Feb. 15 and 17 in 1996 by an average of 18 points.

• In the Big South Preseason Coaches' Poll, Liberty was picked to finish second in the conference, while Presbyterian was voted tenth 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. Presbyterian Series History (18th All-Time Meeting, Series tied 9-9)


Coaching Matchup

Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay

Overall Record:  229-215 (15th season)

Record at Liberty: 64-57 (Fourth season)

Big South Record: 30-16

Record vs. Presbyterian: 4-2


Presbyterian Head Coach: Gregg Nibert

Overall Record: 415-415 (28th Season)

Record at Presbyterian: Same

Big South Record: 190-176

Record vs. Liberty: 7-9


Notes and Anecdotes – Presbyterian

• To open conference play on Dec. 29, 2015 the Flames defeated PC 77-61

• Liberty's leading scorer against PC was Ryan Kemrite with 16 points and Presbyterian's leading scorer was J.C. Younger with 21 points

• Presbyterian's Younger dislocated his elbow on Jan. 11 against Winthrop and has not played since

• The Blue Hose is coming off its first Big South win of the season, defeating Longwood 71-62

• Presbyterian's Jo'Vontae Millner ranks no. 19 in the Big South averaging 11.3 points per game

• Under Coach McKay the past two seasons, Liberty is 17-3 when they hold its opponents to 62 points or fewer



Team Talking Points:

• Liberty ranks No. 26 in scoring defense (63.3 ppg) and first in the Big South

• During conference games, Liberty has allowed opponents to a league-best 60.2 points per game

• On road games during conference play, the Flames have averaged 76.0 points per game compared to just 57.8 at home

• In Liberty's five losses at home (VCU, Furman, Princeton, UNC Asheville and Winthrop) each team has sat in first place or has been tied for first place in their conference this season

• Ryan Kemrite moved to 40th place on Liberty's all-time career scoring list with 710 points, surpassing Seth Curry

• Liberty currently is second in the Big South and ranks No. 36 in the country, averaging 9.2 three-point field goals per game (212-of-572/37.1 percent)

• Liberty currently ranks no. 89 in the country and third in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (37.1 percent)

Lovell Cabbil has averaged 12.3 points per game in conference games, which ranks 16th in the Big South

• Liberty has taken its offense on the road, shooting 50.2 percent from the field in conference play but has struggled at home shooting 37.9 percent

• Dating back to last season starting on Jan. 19, 2016 the Flames have posted a record of 15-5 in regular season games in the Big South with a winning percentage of .750

• In its past seven conference games Liberty has limited its opponents to 57.2 points per game without allowing an opponent to score more than 64 points

• When Liberty has played on the road in Big South games, they have won by an average of 16.8 points

• The Flames made a season-high 10 consecutive field goals against Campbell on Jan. 7, 2017

• Since receiving a DNP against Princeton, Lovell Cabbil has averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the last 13 games

• After being inserted into the starting lineup in the past 11 games, Lovell Cabbil has averaged 12.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists

• 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. 196 in the country (out of 347 teams) in field goal shooting percentage (44.0 percent/514-of-1167)

• On the season, the Flames are shooting 7.7 percent better during the second half (first half shooting percentage 39.9/201-of-503; second half shooting percentage 47.6/230-of-489)

• 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 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, 43.5 at Campbell)

• In its 13 wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 46.5 percent from the field (286-of-614)

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

• Liberty is 6-5 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 (73.3 percent/308-of-420)

• 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)