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.
RADFORD, Va. — The Big South Conference is shaping up to be an exciting race to the finish in 2017-18.
Entering Monday’s action, every team in the conference has at least one win and at least one loss. Three games separate the teams at 1-4 from the ones at 4-1. The level of parity in the league has fans excited for the rest of the season, and any one of a handful of teams could realistically win the conference title and punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
On Monday, the Liberty Flames and Radford Highlanders are set to do battle in a game that features two of the top contenders for the conference title. The Highlanders come into the day in a tie for first place, while the Flames are just a game behind and are nipping at their heels.
A win for either team would assert them as arguably the top threat in the conference through six games. Radford wants to hold down home court, while the Flames want to pick up a road win and make a statement. Both are coming off losses in their previous outings, so they would like to start new winning streaks with a win.
Here’s what you need to know in advance of Monday’s tilt between Liberty and Radford.
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. — After ending the 2017 Paradise Jam on a high note with a win in the 7th place game, the Liberty Flames were back in action on Saturday afternoon to continue their six-game hone swing.
The Flames welcomed the Toccoa Falls Eagles to town for an afternoon contest inside the Vines Center. After only notching one win in three attempts during the 2017 Paradise Jam, the Flames were looking to continue their winning ways.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — For the second straight day, the Liberty Flames played the first game of the Paradise Jam, as they hosted the Houston Cougars to kick off day two of the tournament at the Vines Center.
The Flames pushed Houston to its limit all throughout the game exchanging haymakers, but Houston would pull out the 68-66 win in the final seconds.
Throughout the second half, there were 10 lead changes and the score was tied eight different times. After Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz tied the game off a layup plus the foul converting the free-throw, the game was tied 66-66 with 11 seconds left. On Houston’s final possession, Rob Gray missed a jump shot but Corey Davis Jr. followed Gray’s shot with a put back to give the Cougars the win. Continue reading Houston tops Liberty on layup from Corey Davis Jr. in Final Seconds→
LYNCHBURG, Va. — With their big road win in exhibition play still fresh in their minds, the Liberty Flames get their 2017-18 season underway on Friday evening.
For the third year in a row, and second under head coach Ritchie McKay, the Flames welcome the Clarks Summit Defenders to Lynchburg, VA for a non-conference match-up. Liberty hold a perfect 4-0 record all-time against the Defenders, with their most recent victory coming by a final score of 81-33 last season.