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    MBB Game Day: Jacksonville

    Jan 17, 2023 | Lynchburg Va | Men's Basketball

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    TV Coverage: ESPN+
    Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Scott Bacon
    Color Analyst: Toby Frazier

    Radio Coverage:
    Liberty Flames Sports Network – Radio
    LFSN Radio (107.5 FM Lynchburg)
    Play-By-Play Broadcaster: Alan York

    Liberty’s Top Storylines
    • Liberty is tied for most in the nation with Chattanooga in total three-pointers made (226) and three-pointers per game (11.9). The Flames are also No. 2 nationally in effective field goal percentage (58.1), No. 6 in assist/turnover ratio (1.66), No. 6 in scoring margin (16.6), No. 9 in assists per game (18.2), No. 10 in scoring defense (58.7) and No. 12 in three-point percentage (39.5). They led the ASUN in all of those categories
    • This is the 10th all-time between the Flames and Dolphins. Liberty leads the series 8-1.
    Darius McGhee (21.4 ppg) ranks No. 1 in the nation three-point field goals per game (4.79) and total three-pointers made (91).
    • McGhee has 457 career three-pointers. He is currently tied for fourth all-time with those 457 triples (tied with Duke’s J.J. Redick).
    • Liberty is 12-2 over its last 12 games since Nov. 23. During that span, the Flames’ scoring margin is +20.6, and they are shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.
    • Senior Kyle Rode has 339 career assists, 11th most in program history. He needs two assists to move into the top 10 (Greg McCauley had 341 assists) and three to assume the No. 10 spot by himself.
    • Liberty and Jacksonville met twice during the 2021-22 season, with each team winning on its home court. JU edged Liberty 73-69 at Swisher Gymnasium in the most recent matchup (Feb. 12, 2022). Darius McGhee set a new Liberty record for single-season three-pointers (109, went on to have 142 on the season) in that contest and finished with a game-high 30 points. Earlier last season (Jan. 18, 2022), the Flames downed the Dolphins 88-49 at Liberty Arena. Liberty shot a blistering 61.9 percent (26-of-42) from the floor that evening. Liberty won all seven matchups between the two squads during the 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. The Flames and Dolphins met one time during postseason play, with Liberty prevailing 72-58 at the Vines Center in the quarterfinals of the 2019 ASUN Tournament.
    • The Flames are 55-12 all-time in ASUN regular season play. Liberty won the ASUN title in 2019, 2020 and 2021. The Flames have three conference regular season titles in four years and one division title (ASUN East Division, 2022). Liberty is 24-9 all-time in ASUN road games and 31-3 in ASUN home contests. The Flames are 0-1 on the road so far in league play this year. Meanwhile, JU brings a 21-game home winning streak into Thursday night’s game.
    • Here is a look at Liberty’s year-by-year ASUN record:
    2022-23 Season: 5-1
    2021-22 Season: 12-4 (East Division)
    2020-21 Season: 11-2
    2019-20 Season: 13-3
    2018-19 Season: 14-2
    • Liberty was picked to finish first in both the ASUN Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll as well as the Preseason Men’s Basketball Media Poll. JU was picked to finish second in both polls.
    • This will be Liberty’s 16th all-time game on this date. The Flames are 9-6 all-time on this date and a perfect 4-0 under Coach McKay. Liberty has won three straight games on Jan. 19. The Flames last competed on this date four years ago (Jan. 19, 2019), a 70-64 home win over North Florida at the Vines Center. Scottie James (18 points), Caleb Homesley (14 points) and Myo Baxter-Bell (10 points) each reached double figures in the victory.

    Main Photo at Top of Story: No. 21 Gabriel McKay