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MBB Game Day Central: TSU

November 26, 2009  Chicago, Ill.  RSS
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The Game

After dropping their first two contests of the Chicago Inivitational Challenge to Notre Dame and Northwestern, the Flames will travel to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill., to square off with the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils on Friday at 3:30 p.m. In the final contest of the invitational, The Flames will face either Kennesaw State or Tennessee State on Nov. 28. Tipoff is set for 12:30 or 3 p.m., depending on seeding.

Recent Results
On Nov.14, a crowd of 8,143 watched Liberty host an ACC powerhouse for the first
time, making it the ninth-largest attendance in Vines Center history. The Flames looked to
make up for last year's narrow loss to the Tigers, but Clemson prevented the team from
accomplishing the feat, taking a 79-39 decision in its first-ever trip to Liberty.

Two days later, The Old Dominion Monarchs visited the Vines Center in a rematch of
last season's BracketBuster contest. Old Dominion proved to be just as formidable this
time around against Liberty as it was in the last meeting, defeating the Flames, 73-41.

Liberty began its slate of games in the Chicago Invitational Challenge in South Bend,
Ind., against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. After being down only eight points in the first
half, Notre Dame pulled away with the help of Naismith candidate Luke Harangody to take
the contest, 91-72. The Flames then travelled to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern on
Tuesday. Three-point shooting by the Wildcats' Drew Crawford played a role in the matchup
as the Flames dropped their fourth straight contest, 69-53.

Listen for the Flames
There will be a radio broadcast which will air on the Flames Sports Network (flagship
WRVL 88.3 FM) with Jerry Edwards providing the play-by-play for his 29th season. Additionally,
an Internet audio broadcast on will be available.

A Glance at the Delta Devils
The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils are looking to rebound after going 7-25 and being eliminated in the SWAC tournament by Prairie View A&M, 65-60. Mississippi Valley State is off to a 1-4 start with losses to Washington State (94-66) Gonzaga (92-74), Iowa  State (96-55) and Saint Louis (75-39), and a victory over Champion Baptist College (102- 56).

Liberty versus the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
The Delta Devils are just the second opponent Liberty has faced from the SWAC.  The last time the Flames matched up with a current member of the conference was Dec. 22, 1990 at the Youngstown Holiday Christmas Tournament against Alabama State. The
Hornets defeated the Flames in the contest, 69-57.

Layer versus the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
Layer holds a perfect 3-0 record over current members of the SWAC. As head coach of Colorado State, he picked up his fi rst SWAC win over Prairie View A&M, 85-73, on Dec. 27, 2002. The following season, on Dec. 4, 2003, the Rams soundly defeated Texas Southern, 91-66. Layer's most recent encounter with a SWAC team occurred in his final season at Colorado State before coming to Liberty as an assistant. On Dec. 29, 2006, Layer's Rams edged Alabama State, 61-56.

A Look at the Owls
Kennesaw State is looking to bounce back after going 7-22 in 2008-09. The Owls are off to a 2-2 start with wins over North Greenville (89-79) and North Georgia (78-65). Kennesaw State has dropped two-straight contests, falling to Saint Louis (76-66) and Notre Dame 80-62.

Liberty versus the Atlantic Sun Conference
Liberty is 10-18 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Flames are 1-1 against Belmont, 9-9 against Campbell, 0-5 against East Tennessee
State. 0-2 against Lipscomb and 0-1 against Stetson.

Liberty's rivalry with Campbell dates back to the program's NAIA days and includes
match-ups from when both teams were members of the Big South. Campbell is slated to
depart from the Atlantic Sun and rejoin the conference in the 2011-2012 season.

Layer versus the Atlantic Sun Conference

If the Flames meet Kennesaw State in the Chicago Invitational, it will be Dale Layer's
third match-up with an Atlantic Sun team. Layer has two previous wins over Stetson as
head coach of Colorado State, defeating the Hatters 79-70 and 93-57 in back-to-back
seasons (2003-04, 2004-05).

Atlantic Sun on the Docket
Kennesaw State is not the only Atlantic Sun team the Flames could encounter on the
schedule this season. Liberty could potentially face the Jacksonville Dolphins on Dec. 30
at the UCF Holiday Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Remember When
Before Kennesaw State made the move to Division I, the Owls were a solid Division II
member, capturing the national title in 2004. Like the Owls, Liberty also competed in Division
II, prior to making the leap to Division I on Sept. 1, 1988. The Flames were a Division
II member for only eight years total.

Liberty versus the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC)
The Flames hold 4-3 record over current members of the Ohio Valley Conference. Liberty is 2-1 against Eastern Kentucky and 2-2 against Morehead State. Liberty picked up its two wins over Eastern Kentucky during the 1988-89 season, defeating the Colonels, 77-70 and 62-61. The teams' most recent meeting took place in the 1989-90 campaign, when Eastern Kentucky edged out the Flames, 79-78.

Liberty also faced Morehead State during those two seasons, losing their first meeting 66-63 on Dec. 19, 1988. The following season, Liberty defeated the Eagles, 70-64. Morehead State responded the following year, besting the Flames 77-70. In the final contest of the series (Feb. 20, 1992), Liberty picked up a 98-78 win over the Eagles.

Layer versus the Ohio Valley Conference
If the Flames face off with Tennessee State, it will only be Dale Layer's second contest against an Ohio Valley Conference member since becoming a Division I head coach. Layer's Rams lost to Austin Peay, 74-72 in his fi rst season with the Rams.

Minaya knows best
While the Flames themselves have not faced off against Tennessee State, one member has. Liberty guard David Minaya competed against the Tigers during his one year at fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Tennessee Tech. On Jan. 26, 2008, Minaya received the start for the Golden Eagles, recording seven points in the contest. The Tigers narrowly took the contest 73-72. The next meeting between the two teams occurred on Feb. 9, 2008. Minaya's Golden Eagles won the match-up, 78-75.