Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sleeping with the Enemy- Liberty Flames

I reached out to Jon Manson at A Sea of Red to find out a little bit about the Liberty squad.  He kindly provided the response below.  If you visit A Sea of Red, please abide by their site rules and be a good representative of our University.

This may be the best Liberty basketball team we've ever had. It's still really early and only time will, but Coach Ritchie McKay has this thing rolling. He was our head coach for seasons about a decade ago before leaving to go to Virginia and be Tony Bennett's top assistant for 6 years. He returned in 2015 and brought the pack-line defense with him. You will see a lot of similarities between the Flames and Cavaliers, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.

We've just moved from the Big South to the ASUN, this is our first season in our new league. Based on early season results, it should be an exciting two team race between Liberty and Lipscomb. We're currently leading the ASUN in scoring defense, steals, turnovers, FG%, FG% defense, 3pt FG made per game, 3pt FG%, and 3pt FG% defense. 

We have a very balanced team. Our big man Scottie James nearly averages a double-double. Lovell Cabbil is our senior leader and 1,000 point scorer. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz is our 3rd year starting point guard and calming influence. Darius McGhee is a 5'9" spark plug off the bench. He's been our best players at times, and at others he's looked like a freshman.

The team will be very confident going into this game. We blew out Georgia State just prior to Alabama's buzzer-beating loss to the Panthers. We're hopeful we can pull out the win. It would be a big resume boost for us if we're able to make the NCAA Tournament and could help us stay off the 16-seed line.

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