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MBB Game Day Central: No. 4 Charleston Southern

February 28, 2012  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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Flames forward Antwan Burrus

Flames forward Antwan Burrus

Game Day Central Page

Note: Includes all important Game Day links (live video, live audio, live stats, etc.)

Complete Game Notes

Big South Championship Tournament Central Page

TV Coverage:

Liberty Channel – Local Coverage
Game will be Carried Live

Video Streaming Coverage:
Big South Network

Radio Coverage:
Provided by the Flames Sports Network

Broadcast - Tip-Off:
8:00 p.m.  vs. Charleston Southern

Flagship Station:
Victory FM (88.3 FM WRVL)

Network Affiliates:
Full List of Victory FM Network Affiliates

The Game
Liberty heads to Asheville, N.C. for the 2012 Advance Auto Parts Big South Men's Basketball Championship. The No.5 seeded Flames will meet No. 4 seed Charleston Southern in the quarterfinal inside Kimmel Arena, Wednesday.

With the two teams splitting during the regular season, Liberty is looking to win the rubber match en route to its first semifinals appearance in three years. Despite beginning the conference season with an 0-6 mark, the Flames enter the contest winning nine of its last 12 in Big South action, including five straight. Standing in their way is a talented Charleston Southern squad that finished 11-7 in conference play this season under 2012 Big South Coach of the Year Barclay Radebaugh. Tip off between the Flames and the Buccaneers is slated for 8 p.m.

Big South Championship Notes
- Liberty has been the No. 5 seed in the Big South Championship just one other time since joining the league in the 1991-92 season, doing so back in 2000. Coincidentally, the tournament was held in Asheville, N.C. that year inside the Asheville Civic Center. The No. 5 Flames took on No. 4 UNC Asheville in the quarterfinals on March 2, 2000, falling 77-66.

- The Flames are making their 21st appearance in the tournament. Liberty holds a 17-18 (.486) record all-time in the Big South Championship, with four finals appearances and two titles (1994, 2004).

- Liberty is looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time in three years. The last time the Flames won in the quarterfinals was March 3, 2009, defeating No. 6 Gardner-Webb as a No. 3 seed in the Vines Center, 88-77. Liberty lost the next night to VMI in Radford's Dedmon Center, 78-58.

- Liberty is 11-9 all-time in quarterfinal matchups. The Flames are looking to improve their record in the quarterfinals when playing away from the Vines Center as they hold a 5-6 mark in road and neutral site matchups.

Watch and Listen to the Flames
Liberty's clash with the Buccaneers will be broadcast live on the Liberty Channel with Alan York, "The Voice of the Flames," providing the play-by-play. The game will also be video streamed live on the Big South Network.

There will be a Flames Sports Network radio broadcast (flagship WRVL 88.3 FM) for Wednesday's contest. In addition to the radio broadcast, an Internet audio broadcast on will be available.

Series History
Series Record:
Liberty leads, 32-21
Current Streak: Liberty won the most recent meeting
Liberty Series Record in Big South Championship: 2-3
Last Meeting: Liberty 75, Charleston Southern 74 (Feb. 9, 2011)
Last Meeting in the Big South Championship: Charleston Southern 66, Liberty 60 (March 1, 2005)

Coaching Matchup
Liberty Head Coach:
Dale Layer
Overall Record (Season): 319-240 (19th)
Record at Liberty (Season): 48-46 (Third)
Record vs. Charleston Southern:  5-1

Charleston Southern Head Coach: Barclay Radebaugh
Overall Record (Seasons): 108-130 (Eighth Season)
Record at CSU (Seasons): 87-122 (Seventh Season)
Record vs. Liberty: 4-10

Notes and Anecdotes
- The contest marks the sixth meeting between the two squads in the Big South Championship and fourth in the quarterfinals. The Flames defeated the Buccaneers, 60-54 (March 2, 2004), in the quarterfinals en route to winning the championship.

- Prior to coaching at Charleston Southern, Barclay Radebaugh spent one season at Queens University in Charlotte, leading the Royals to a 21-8 record. Queens is also where Liberty head coach Dale Layer began his coaching career in 1989. Layer spent nine seasons at Queens, amassing a 167-87 record and reaching the NCAA Division II Tournament on two occasions, including the Sweet 16 in 1996.

- Prior to Radebaugh taking over at the helm of the Buccaneers' program, current Liberty Director of Operations Jim Platt spent five seasons as the head coach at Charleston Southern (2000-05), finishing his stint with a 55-89 record. Platt was 5-7 in games against the Flames, but defeated No. 2 seed Liberty inside the Vines Center in the 2005 Big South Championship Quarterfinals, 66-60 (March 1). Platt took his No. 7 seed Buccaneers all the way to the finals, falling to No. 1 Winthrop, 68-46.

- David Minaya posted 16 second-half points in Liberty's game against the Buccaneers on Dec. 31. The redshirt senior followed up with a 17-point second-half performance in the rematch on Feb. 9 to finish with 20, tying his season high. Minaya was credited with the game winning assist in the 75-74 victory.

- Antwan Burrus' 30-foot three-point buzzer beater to give the Flames a 75-74 win over Charleston Southern on Feb. 9 appeared at No. 2 on ESPN's Sports Center Top 10. The bucket, which was also featured on College Game Day, was the junior's second three-point attempt of his collegiate career. Burrus' other attempt only other attempt occurred during his freshman year against the University of Central Florida (Dec. 29, 2009).

- The two squads have already played one neutral site game, this season. On Dec. 31, the Flames hosted the Buccaneers at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. Charleston Southern defeated Liberty, 81-76.

News and Notes from Liberty's game versus Campbell
- Antwan Burrus led the Flames, tying a career high with 20 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. The forward also added a career-high six blocks, the most since he swatted five shots against Radford on Jan. 15, 2011. Burrus becomes the fifth Flame to score 20 points in a game this season. The last time the Winterville, N.C., native posted 20 points was during his freshman season against VMI (Jan. 28, 2010).

- John Caleb Sanders chipped in 14 points for the Flames. Entering the contest 2-of-18 from the three-point line, Tavares Speaks went 3-of-5 from the downtown to finish with nine points.

- Liberty shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) for the contest, while holding Campbell to 29.0 percent (18-of-62). The Flames victory is their first when scoring under 50 points since defeating Tusculum, 46-45, in overtime on Dec. 11, 2001.

- The Camels won the rebounding battle, 40-36 and edged Liberty in the paint, 20-18. However, the Flames went 7-of-17 from three-point range, outscoring Campbell from behind the arc, 21-12.

Miscellaneous Notes
- Jesse Sanders is believed to be the only player in Division I history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 700 assists.  Sanders is also believed to be the first player in Division I to officially record at least 225 rebounds and 225 assists in a season.

- Three current Flames are listed among the program's Top 35 scorers of all-time – Jesse Sanders (16th, 1,221), David Minaya (29th, 778) and Antwan Burrus (33rd, 752).

- Jesse Sanders is third in the country in assists with 8.0 apg, trailing Iona's Scott Machado (10.0 apg) and North Carolina's Kendall Marshall (9.7 apg). Sanders is averaging 3.2 apg more than Coastal Carolina's Kierre Greenwood, who is second in the Big South in dimes with 4.8 per game.

- Last season, John Caleb Sanders posted 126 points on the year. The sophomore guard currently has 359 tallies through 31 games this season. Sanders' minutes are up dramatically this season. After averaging 12.4 minutes per game in 2010-11, the Sugar Land, Texas native is averaging 26.2 per game, this year.

- Liberty currently has five players averaging double scoring figures. The Flames have had just one season with five players averaging 10 or more points per game, doing so during the program's second year (1973-74).

- After posting a total of nine double-doubles his first three seasons, Jesse Sanders has 12 this season. Liberty's single-season record is 15, held by Alex McLean (2008) and Mike Coleman (1990).

- Jesse Sanders has 248 assists this season, ranking second in program history behind Ed Gomes (256; 1976) in single season assists. Sanders now has the most single-season dimes of any Liberty senior, surpassing TeeJay Bannister (224, 2008) for the record.