Category Archives: Big South

Liberty Guard Ryan Hiepler Launches New YouTube Channel

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Liberty junior guard Ryan Hiepler has launched a new YouTube channel that gives fans an in-depth look at the life of a Division I athlete, particularly at the mid-major level. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Fans always see college basketball players on the court during the season.

But, what does life look like for these athletes away from the court? Nowadays, more and more athletes are taking to social media to showcase their lives away from the court, giving fans a deeper insight into their day-to-day life.

With Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, and even Facebook to an extent still, fans have more and more access and insight into a player’s life away from the court. From classes to workouts, and bus trips to practices, fans can learn a lot from what players share on social media in their spare time.

For starters, you’ve got Isaiah Tripp, who owns and operates his own YouTube channel entitled Tripp Talk. He has taken fans inside the Abilene Christian Wildcats’ men’s basketball program, while also showcasing his family life away from the hardwood. Since the 2017-18 season started, Tripp has seen his number of subscribers skyrocket, reaching close to 3,000.

Tripp’s most popular videos? A Day in the Life of a Division I athlete.

Now, you can add another player to the list of those who are taking their fans behind the scenes on YouTube, as junior guard Ryan Hiepler launched his own series on Saturday afternoon. Continue reading Liberty Guard Ryan Hiepler Launches New YouTube Channel

Liberty Looks to Extend Winning Streak With a Road Contest at Charleston Southern

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The last time that Liberty met Charleston Southern, guard Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz connected on seven trifectas to lead the Flames to the 70-53 win. (Source: Liberty Athletics) (Header: The Post and Courier)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As the month of February continues to move along, the Big South regular season title could go to any one of seven teams.

With six games left on the slate before Wednesday night’s action, seven teams are within three games of first place in the league. Three teams, including the Liberty Flames, find themselves at 6-6 in league play, and are still within striking distance of the league-leading UNC Asheville Bulldogs (9-3).

From here on out, each win is important. The Flames will put their three game winning streak on the line on Wednesday night against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers. It marks the second of two regular season meetings between the two programs this season, and Liberty will look for another win to continue to move up the standings, while the Buccaneers will look to bounce back after a loss in their last outing.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Wednesday night’s Big South battle in Charleston, SC between Liberty and Charleston Southern. Continue reading Liberty Looks to Extend Winning Streak With a Road Contest at Charleston Southern

Five Teams to Watch Ahead of Conference Tournaments

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Tyler Nelson and the Fairfield Stags may be below .500 in MAAC play, but they can’t be counted out down the stretch and into the conference tournament. (Source: Fairfield Athletics) (Header: Times Union)

LONDON, Ont. — Move over football, it’s college basketball’s time to shine!

With Super Bowl 52 now a thing of the past, the attention in the sporting world shifts to college basketball and the March to Madness. With the conference races heating up all across the country, teams are starting to separate themselves from the pack as they look to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.

As we all know from history, not all things go according to plan. Teams atop the conferences right now aren’t guaranteed of a spot in the field of 68, as anything can happen come late-February and early March.

Every year, there are teams that come from the middle of conference standings to make a run at their respective conference tournament title. It will happen again this year, without question, and we will see a few surprise entrants in the bracket come Selection Sunday as conference champions.

Here are five teams who currently sit in the middle of the pack in their respective conferences that could make some noise down the stretch during the regular season and into the post-season.
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Liberty Looks to Complete Regular Season Sweep of First-Place Winthrop

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The play of Xavier Cooks is a big reason for Winthrop’s current six game winning streak. (Source: The Herald) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Big South looks like a big mess through the first 10 games of conference play.

Coming into Thursday night’s action, three teams are tied atop the league standings at 7-3, while another two teams are just a game behind at 6-4. Overall, six of the teams in the 10-team league are at .500 or better in conference play, which means the second half of league play will be an exciting one.

Thursday night also marks the second meeting of the regular season between the Winthrop Eagles and Liberty Flames. A win for the Flames would help them take another step towards the top, while a win for the Eagles could leave them alone in first place when the night is all said and done.

As the contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders down the stretch, each and every game is an important one. Thursday night’s tilt inside the Vines Center will tell us a lot about both the Flames and Eagles as Big South play continues to move towards the conference tournament.

Here’s what you need to know about Thursday’s Big South battle between Winthrop and Liberty. Continue reading Liberty Looks to Complete Regular Season Sweep of First-Place Winthrop

UNC Asheville Shoots Their Way to 13th Straight Win Over Liberty, 84-68

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Ahmad Thomas (above) and Kevin Vannatta (top) scored 23 points apiece on Sunday to lead UNC Asheville past Liberty for the 13th straight time, 84-68. (Source: UNC Asheville Athletics) (Header: UNC Asheville Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Coming into Sunday, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs have reigned supreme over the Liberty Flames, having won their previous 12 meetings.

Thanks to 15 made three pointers as a team, the Bulldogs cruised to the 84-68 win over the Flames on the road, continuing their dominance over their Big South Conference foes.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 62.5% (30-of-48) from the field, and 62.5% (15-of-24) from beyond the arc. They also picked up 20 assists on their 30 made field goals. For the Flames, they 41.1% (23-of-56) from the field, and just 27.8% (5-of-18) from three point range.

With the win, the Bulldogs have now won four of their last five games in Big South play while the Flames have dropped four straight after a three game winning streak. Continue reading UNC Asheville Shoots Their Way to 13th Straight Win Over Liberty, 84-68

Liberty Basketball: Previewing the High Point Panthers

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Former Iona guard Jahaad Proctor has helped guide High Point to a 3-3 start in Big South play, and he will look to lead the Panthers past Liberty on Thursday. (Source: HERO Sports) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Through the first three weeks, the Big South Conference has been big fun.

The conference standings are quite the sight to behold, and things are rather interesting through six games. At the top, the Radford Highlanders enter Thursday night with a 5-1 record, and sit alone in first place. Then, a pair of teams sit at 4-2 overall, just a game back of top spot.

From there, it gets even more backed up.

Five teams come into Thursday night with a record of 3-3 against conference teams. Two of those programs, the Liberty Flames and High Point Panthers, will square off inside the Millis Athletic Center in High Point, NC. A win for either team would provide them with a bit of separation from the pack, and get them a step closer to the top spot.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of the Flames and Panthers doing battle on the court.
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