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.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — It’s hard to believe that the 2017-18 season tipped off a week ago already.
A lot has happened over the course of the week. From a few upsets, to an exciting Champions Classic, fans have been treated to some exciting basketball over the first seven days of the season.
On Friday, the 2017 Paradise Jam tipped off in Lynchburg, VA, and the host Liberty Flames took on the Mercer Bears to kick off the event. The contest featured two teams who many expect to contend in their respective conferences this season, and it’s one of the top match-ups that the event could produce.
Mercer came out of the gate strong, scoring eight of the first 11 points, holding Liberty to three points over the first five-plus minutes in the process. After the Flames took a brief two-point lead before the midway point of the frame, the Bears retook the lead and never looked back.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Liberty Flames came out of the gate on fire to open the 2017-18 regular season.
Liberty welcomed the Clarks Summit Defenders to town for their fifth meeting all-time. The Flames were a perfect 4-0 against the Defenders, and were looking to extend their winning streak while also kicking off the season with a win.
From the outset of the game, the Flames seized complete control of the game, and Clarks Summit didn’t put up much of a fight from the opening tip. An extended run to open the game blew things open before the halfway point of the first half, and Liberty had things on cruise control throughout the second half.