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MBB Game Day Central: Radford

February 28, 2017  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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MBB Game Day Central: Radford

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Liberty vs Radford notes


TV Coverage:
Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Evan Lepler
Color Commentator: Jeff Jackson

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

The Game

To kick off the Big South Championship quarterfinals, Liberty will face Radford at the Winthrop Coliseum. The Flames have not gone 3-0 against an opponent since the 2003-04 when Liberty swept Charleston Southern and High Point. Liberty will aim for its first postseason win since the 2012-13 season.


Matchup Notes

• This will be the 71st all-time meeting between Liberty and Radford

• Liberty swept Radford this season winning by an average of five points

• Third place ties for the highest finish under coach McKay. Liberty finished third in 2008-09

• Head coach Ritchie McKay is 4-4 against Radford while Radford's Mike Jones is 5-7

• Liberty is 5-5 in the last 10 meetings against Radford


Quick Notes

• Liberty looks for its first 20-win season since 2008-09 when the Flames went 23-12.

Ryan Kemrite joined the 800-point club against Longwood as he now sits in 30th place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 809 career points.

• For the first time in school history, Liberty has won 14 games in the Big South.

• Out of 347 teams, the Flames rank no. 22 in the country in scoring defense (63.3 ppg).

• In conference play, Liberty has had eight games decided by seven points or less. In those games, two of them were against Radford.

• For the third time in school history Liberty avoided back-to-back losses in the Big South.


Series History

Liberty vs. Radford (71st All-Time Meeting, Radford leads 37-33)


Coaching Matchup

Liberty Head Coach: Ritchie McKay

Overall Record:  236-217 (15th season)

Record at Liberty: 71-59 (Fourth season)

Big South Record: 43-25

Record vs. Radford: 4-4


Radford Head Coach: Mike Jones

Overall Record: 92-101 (Fourth Season)

Record at Radford: Same

Big South Record: 48-55

Record vs. Liberty: 5-7


Notes and Anecdotes – Radford

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

• Radford had one player earn all-conference honors in Ed Polite Jr. making honorable mention.

• Liberty has not won at the Winthrop Coliseum since Feb. 18, 2004.

• Under Coach McKay the past two seasons, Liberty is 20-3 when they hold its opponents to 62 points or fewer.


Team Talking Points:

• Liberty ranks no. 22 in scoring defense (63.3 ppg) and first in the Big South

• During conference games, Liberty has allowed opponents to a league-best 61.5 points per game

• On road games during conference play, the Flames have averaged 73.3 points per game compared to just 61.2 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 into a tie for 30th place on Liberty's all-time scoring list with 809 career points

• Liberty currently is second in the Big South and ranks no. 40 in the country, averaging 9.1 three-point field goals per game (283-of-788/35.9 percent)

• Liberty has made 283 three pointers this, which ranks no. 22 in Division I

• Liberty currently ranks no. 135 in the country and sixth in the Big South in three-point field goal percentage (35.9 percent)

• Liberty has taken its offense on the road, shooting 45.8 percent from the field in conference play but has struggled at home shooting 43.6 percent

• Ritchie McKay picked up his 70th career win at Liberty on Feb. 14 with a win over High Point

• When Liberty has played on the road in Big South games, they have won by an average of 7.9 points

• 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 eighth in the Big South and no. 231 in the country (out of 347 teams) in field goal shooting percentage (43.5 percent/688-1580)

• On the season, the Flames are shooting 4.7 percent better during the second half (first half shooting percentage 40.6/288-of-710; second half shooting percentage 45.3/309-of-682)

• The Flames have shot 40 percent or better from three-point range in 14 of their 19 wins

• In its 19 wins this season, Liberty has shot a combined 45.9 percent from the field (423-of-922)

• In its 12 setbacks this year, Liberty has shot a combined 38.9 percent from the floor (234-of-601)

• Liberty is 7-7 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 21 times this year and currently ranks second in the Big South in free throw shooting percentage (73.9 percent/413-of-559)

• Liberty has forced 10 or more turnovers in 22 of 31 games this season and ranks third in the Big South in turnovers forced (14.0 per game)