In an effort to limit possible COVID-19 exposure and curb travel expenses, the ASUN Conference has unveiled a new-look men's basketball schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
Liberty will still face each of the other eight ASUN squads twice this season for a total of 16 conference games. However, both matchups against a given opponent will take place during a single weekend at a single location. All ASUN men's basketball conference games are slated for Thursday and Saturday, beginning on New Year's Eve. All of the Flames' Thursday ASUN games at Liberty Arena will tip off at 7 p.m. All Sunday ASUN games at Liberty Arena are scheduled for 2 p.m. tipoffs.
Tipping Things Off
For the third consecutive season, Liberty will begin ASUN Conference play with a road trip as the Flames will start in Nashville, Tenn. to face Lipscomb. During Liberty's first two seasons in the ASUN Conference, the Flames have faced Lipscomb in the ASUN Championship with the first year at Allen Arena and last season at the Vines Center.
Basketball at Liberty Arena
Liberty's ASUN home opener will take place on Jan. 7 when the Flames host FGCU. Liberty will have four homestands at Liberty Arena during the ASUN schedule as they will also host Kennesaw State, North Florida and Bellarmine.
Bellarmine joins the ASUN Conference this season, essentially replacing NJIT to keep it a nine-team league. Liberty will host the Knights in the final week of the regular season (Feb. 25). A powerhouse at the Division II level, the Knights won the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2011 and has been to the Final Four on four different occasions since 2011.
Clashes of the Co-Champions
Liberty and North Florida tied for the ASUN regular-season title last season. On Feb. 4, the Ospreys will visit Liberty Arena for a pair of games during that week. The Flames and the Ospreys split the regular-season series last year.
Liberty will enter ASUN play with a 17-game winning streak at home against conference opponents. During Liberty's first two seasons in the ASUN Conference, the Flames have won a share of the ASUN regular-season title in each season.
Liberty will be aiming to win 10 or more conference games for the third straight season, which has been achieved once throughout the program's history (2009-11).
The Flames' non-conference schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. The season can begin no earlier than Nov. 25.
2020-21 Liberty Men's Basketball ASUN Conference Schedule
Dec. 31 – at Lipscomb – TBD
Jan. 2 – at Lipscomb – TBD
Jan. 7 – Home vs. FGCU – 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 – Home vs. FGCU – 2 p.m.
Jan. 14 – at Stetson – TBD
Jan. 16 – at Stetson – TBD
Jan. 21 – Home vs. Kennesaw State – 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 – Home vs. Kennesaw State – 2 p.m.
Jan. 28 – at Jacksonville – TBD
Jan. 30 – at Jacksonville – TBD
Feb. 4 – Home vs. North Florida – 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 – Home vs. North Florida – 2 p.m.
Feb. 11 – at North Alabama – TBD
Feb. 13 – at North Alabama – TBD
Feb. 25 – Home vs. Bellarmine – 7 p.m.
Feb. 27 – Home vs. Bellarmine – 2 p.m.
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