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NCAA Tournament Cheat Sheet: Getting to know Liberty

Mar 10, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

Liberty AP

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Conference: Big South

Coach: Dale Layer

Record: 15-20, 6-10

Rankings and Ratings:

- Kenpom: 257
- RPI: 299
- AP/USA Today: N/A

Seeding?: Liberty will be lucky to avoid a play-in game.

Names you need to know: John Caleb Sanders (13.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), Davon Marshall (13.2 ppg, 2.9 apg)

Stats you need to know: Liberty is a sub-300 defensive team according to Kenpom. That could be a problem against a good team.

Tendencies: The Flames don’t force turnovers and they can’t rebound the ball, but they actually are a pretty good shooting team. They hit better than 36% from beyond the arc.

Big wins, bad losses: It’s hard to have a bad loss when you’re ranked 299th in the RPI. Liberty’s best performance this season? Losing by nine at Georgetown.

How’d they get here?: The Flames were the No. 5 seed from the North Division of the Big South, but they ran through Myrtle Beach Madness to earn the league’s automatic bid with an 87-76 win over Charleston Southern.

Outlook: What’s nice about the play-in game for a team like Liberty is that it means they may actually have a chance to win a game in the NCAA tournament. While everyone appreciates a conference tournament cinderella story, those cinderellas see their dream come to an end when they run into a No. 1 seed. An interesting side note, though, is that there still remains the possibility that Liberty could be a No. 16 seed and play No. 1 Duke. Duke guard Seth Curry began his college career at Liberty.

How do I know you? Seth Curry spent his freshman year at Liberty before transferring to Duke. This is the Flames first NCAA appearance since 2004.

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  1. dolphins4 - Mar 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Way to go Liberty!

  2. juliath83 - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Get rid of conference tournaments. There’s no way Liberty deserves to be in the big dance. But…they make too much money. I thought this was amateur basketball? Isn’t that what the NCAA preaches? Shove it, NCAA. I hope you let Charleston Southern in and keep Liberty out anyway.

    • Warren - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Liberty beat BOTH #1 seeds, one #2 seed, and the host team. They had the hardest championship schedule of anyone and they won it. The team turned it up at the end of the season and earned their spot in the play-in round.

    • florida727 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      #juliath83, you’re an idiot. Probably a Democrat that wants everything handed to him via the entitlement route. Liberty EARNED their way into the tournament by beating 3 of the 4 top seeded teams in the conference AND the host team on their own floor. If they don’t deserve to be in, who does? This is exactly what makes tournament basketball so good. Too bad you can’t see the good in it.

  3. baseballstars - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Good luck to Liberty. They’ll definitely be in the play-in game (it’s still the play-in game, not the first round). I was rooting for them to lose, but they played better basketball than their opposition in the conference tournament.

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