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.
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.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — On Saturday afternoon, Ryan Kemrite recorded just two points, but they were a big two points as the Liberty Flames knocked off the Presbyterian Blue Hose in Big South play, 60-48.
Kemrite came into the day just two points shy of 1,000 for his career. With 10:58 to play in the second half, Kemrite scored his only two points of the game from the charity stripe, becoming the 25th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — With the calendar switched to 2018, the Presbyterian Blue Hose are looking to continue their resurgent season after a dismal 2016-17 season.
Last year, the Blue Hose picked up a grand total of five wins, finishing at 5-25 for the season. Coming into Saturday’s tilt with the Liberty Flames, the Blue Hose already have eight wins on record this season. At 8-7 overall, Presbyterian has won seven of their last nine games, and sit third in the Big South through two games. They have split their first two conference games, losing at home before picking up a road win last time out.
As for the Flames, they are enjoying a strong start to their own season. With 10 wins already this season, the 2017-18 edition of the Flames are the second-fastest team to reach the 10-win mark in school history. They have a pair of three-game winning streaks to their name this season, and are looking to keep their strong play rolling into the 2018 calendar year.
With star guards on both sides of the floor, this is one of those under-the-radar games that people will want to keep an eye on throughout the day. Even with a full slate of college basketball throughout Saturday, the first meeting between the Blue Hose and the Flames promises to be an exciting one.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Sometimes, all you need is a change of scenery to get back on the right track. Or, in the case of the Liberty Flames, a new year.
As 2017 came to a close, the Flames lost two of their final three games to somewhat limp into the New Year. They opened conference play with a three-point loss on home, but were still sitting at 9-5 on the season.
On Tuesday, they welcomed the Charleston Southern Buccaneers to town in the Flames’ Big South home opener. The 2017-18 edition of the Liberty Flames were looking to become the second-fastest team in school history to reach 10 wins, and what better way to kick off the 2018 calendar year than with a win.
BOILING SPRINGS, NC. — The 2017 calendar year is about to come to a close, but not before one more game for most teams across the college basketball world.
Saturday brings forth a full slate of games, one that is full of teams rounding out their non-conference slate, while others get their first taste of conference action. There are some top 25 battles, and a battle between a pair of 12-2 teams from the West Coast Conference that will definitely peak the interest of any fan across the country.
One of the conferences that will embark on conference play is the Big South Conference. One of the league’s front-runners, the Liberty Flames, get Big South play underway with a road contest against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs.
The Flames swept the season series with Gardner-Webb a season ago, and haven’t lost to the Runnin’ Bulldogs since the 2014-15 season, a streak of four straight wins.