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Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament

Olujobi, Femi
Junior Femi Olujobi (25) was one of the biggest breakout stars in the country this season, and was a key piece in the run to the semi-finals of the MEAC Tournament for North Carolina A&T. (Source: NCAT Athletics) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

LYNCHBURG, Va. — The 2017-18 season is extended for at least one more game for a pair of teams who put together impressive runs during the regular season and conference tournaments.

Monday marks the start of postseason tournament basketball across the NCAA, as the 10th anniversary of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) will begin play with a slew of games across the country. Programs from outside of the power conferences who weren’t selected for the NCAA Tournament or the NIT make up the field and will vie for the tournament title.

Earlier this week, the Liberty Flames accepted an invitation into the 2018 CIT, and they learned who their first opponent would be on Saturday. The Flames will welcome the North Carolina A&T Aggies to Lynchburg, VA on Monday night, with tip-off scheduled for 6:00pm EST.

The game is an intriguing match-up, and both teams are coming off of lengthy runs in their conference tournaments. Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday night’s tilt between the Flames and the Aggies. Continue reading Liberty Set to Host North Carolina A&T in the First Round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Tournament

Big South Championship Features an All-Virginia Match-Up

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Carlik Jones and Radford will look to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 with a win over Liberty. (Source: Radford Men’s Basketball) (Header: Liberty Athletics)

RADFORD, Va. — Sunday will have an instate rivalry theme to it when it comes to conference tournament championships.

In the Missouri Valley Conference title game, its am all-Illinois affair. The Loyola (IL) Ramblers, who won the regular season title, take on the Illinois State Redbirds for an automatic berth into the Big Dance.

A total of four bids will be secured on Sunday afternoon, as the Big Ten and Atlantic Sun will also crown champions before the day is out.

Kicking off the festivities on Sunday is the Big South Conference, and an all-Virginia match-up will decide who advances to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Liberty Flames, who came into the tournament as the fifth seed, head to Radford, VA to take on the Radford Highlanders, who were seeded second in the field.

Another installment of the Commonwealth Rivalry goes down inside the Dedmon Center at 1:00pm EST on Sunday. Here’s how each team got to the championship pairing. Continue reading Big South Championship Features an All-Virginia Match-Up

Liberty Faces Top-Seed UNC Asheville in Big South Tournament Semi-Finals

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Scottie James and the Liberty Flames will look to pick up their second win of the season inside Kimmel Arena on Friday night when they face the top-seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the semi-finals of the Big South Tournament. (Source: Liberty Athletics)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

March is now in full swing, which means post-season basketball is upon us. Conference tournaments have begun across the country, and teams are looking to build some momentum and advance to a post-season tournament. Every team has their sights set on the NCAA Tournament, and winning their conference tournament would guarantee them a spot in the field of 68.

On Friday night, the Big South Conference will have its semi-finals games take place inside Kimmel Arena in Asheville, North Carolina. Three of the top four seeds still remain, along with the fifth-seed Liberty Flames. The first of two semi-final games has the Radford Highlanders taking on the Winthrop Eagles.

In the second semi-final, the Flames square off against the top-seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs, who won the Big South regular season title by a game over both Radford and Winthrop. Continue reading Liberty Faces Top-Seed UNC Asheville in Big South Tournament Semi-Finals

Maryland-Eastern Shore Caps Regular Season at Home Against Delaware State

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Artem Tavakalyan (24) and the Delaware State Hornets will look to pick up their second Division I win of the season on Monday night when they visit the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. (Source: Getty Images) (Header: Duke Basketball Report)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — With the conference title long out of the picture, Monday night’s contest is for pride.

The Delaware State Hornets visit the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in the only meeting of the 2017-18 season between the two schools, and both will be looking for a win to avoid the last-place spot. Monday marks the final game for the Hawks in the regular season, and a win would keep them out of the final spot.

As for the Hornets, who enter the day in 13th place of the 13-team league, they are hoping to pick up a win that would move them into a tie with the Hawks for 12th. The win would give Delaware State the 12th spot in the field, keeping them out of a solo last-place finish.

Nobody wants to finish in last place in the regular season standings, which is why both teams will bring their best on Monday night inside the Hytche Athletic Center. The Hawks will be honouring their seniors, and will want to send the pair of Logan McIntosh and Najee Fitzgerald off with a win.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday night’s MEAC battle between Delaware State and Maryland-Eastern Shore.
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Bethune-Cookman Hosts North Carolina Central in Top-Five MEAC Showdown

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Freshman Jordan Perkins has the look of a future star point guard in the MEAC as his career unfolds. (Source: HBCU Gameday) (Header: Bethune-Cookman Athletics)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — What a difference a year makes in the MEAC standings.

Last season, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats finished 10th in the league with a record of 6-10, while the North Carolina A&T Aggies finished in last place at 1-15. Both were projected to be towards the bottom of the standings in the preseason polls for the 2017-18 season, but they have managed to flip the script.

The Aggies (8-2) and Wildcats (7-3) sit second and third in the league standings in advance of Monday’s action, respectively, and will be looking to keep pace atop the league standings.

On the flip side, the North Carolina Central Eagles find themselves in some unfamiliar territory through 10 league games, as they sit in a tie for fifth spot at 6-4. After winning the tournament title a season ago, they are looking to return to the Big Dance.

Monday night pits the Wildcats and Eagles against one another for the only regular season meeting between the two programs in 2017-18. Both teams are looking to catch the Savannah State Tigers atop the conference standings, and while that’s no easy feat, a win for either program on Monday will go a long way as they continue the stretch run.

Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s top-five MEAC showdown between Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central. Continue reading Bethune-Cookman Hosts North Carolina Central in Top-Five MEAC Showdown

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