The ASUN has created alterations to this weekend’s men’s basketball timetable, and Liberty (15-5, 6-2) will now enjoy host to North Florida (7-11, 5-3) for a pair of games at Liberty Arena this Friday and Saturday. The Flames were being initially scheduled to play at North Alabama this weekend.
The Flames and Ospreys have been at first scheduled to participate in in Lynchburg last weekend right before individuals games were postponed late last week pursuing a optimistic COVID examination within just the UNF system. The games were initially announced by Liberty for a 6 PM tip on Friday and 7 PM on Saturday, but it seems that North Florida has asked for an previously match time on Saturday owing to them having to vacation again to Jacksonville by means of bus Saturday night.
Other modifications to this week’s ASUN men’s basketball slate involves very first-place Bellarmine, originally scheduled to enjoy at North Florida, now touring to North Alabama. Stetson was initially scheduled to be off this 7 days, but they will now vacation to Atlanta to acquire on Kennesaw Condition. Jacksonville will nonetheless perform host to Lipscomb, as scheduled.
FGCU was originally scheduled to engage in at Kennesaw State, but the Eagles have announced they will now be on a pause for two months owing to constructive COVID scenarios. Presented FGCU can get their last two regular season online games played, they will complete obtaining only performed 10 of the 16 standard period conference online games.
Liberty’s on the internet men’s basketball program has been updated to show the team’s final three collection of the common year. In addition to the game titles towards North Florida this weekend, the Flames are also scheduled to host North Alabama on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 and travel to Louisville to face Bellarmine on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. The Flames were originally scheduled to play at North Alabama and host Bellarmine.
The ASUN frequent year title is likely to be made a decision amongst Bellarmine and Liberty as the Flames and Knights are at the best of the convention standings. Bellarmine is at the moment 11-5 in general and 8-2 in ASUN engage in even though Liberty is 15-5 and 6-2.
Bellarmine is actively playing their very first season at the Division I level and in the ASUN. Beneath 16th year head coach Scott Davenport, the Knights have taken the conference by storm. Right after dropping their initial two games of meeting enjoy at house to Lipscomb, Bellarmine has now gained 8 straight game titles, which include wins on their home floor this previous weekend around Jacksonville, 71-56 and 63-44.
“The addition of Bellarmine tends to make it much additional competitive,” Liberty head coach Ritchie McKay mentioned late very last week. “You could imagine, perfectly they came from Division II, but mind you they experienced a prosperous, effectively run system that has an recognized tradition. They were being heading to be aggressive. We took a peak at them final calendar year and this summer, and we understood they had been going to be in close proximity to the best. Coach Davenport does a great task.”
Relationship back again to the 2009-2010 season, Bellarmine has won six normal year conference championships, five convention tournament titles, and state-of-the-art to 4 Division II Remaining Fours. Prior to transitioning to the Division I degree, Bellarmine had the longest energetic streak of consecutive appearances in the Division II NCAA Match with 12 straight, profitable at least 20 video games in all 12 of those people seasons and reaching 30 wins on a few instances.
With a few weekends still left in the ASUN standard period in advance of the convention event commences the initially week of March in Jacksonville, Liberty will not be equipped to complete the full 16 recreation ASUN standard season. The Flames will only be equipped to perform 14 games, supplied there are no other COVID connected cancellation. If the remaining 3 months are played as scheduled as of Wednesday early morning, Liberty will not perform Florida Gulf Coast this period.
“We’re pursuing one more (non-conference match),” McKay stated adhering to his team’s 90-49 earn about Lancaster Bible University Friday night time. “Where that falls on the calendar, we will wait around and see, but of course we’re not going to get to 16 league games. With 14, we’re likely to try out to obtain an additional video game some wherever, almost certainly midweek, in the next two to 3 weeks, but it has to make feeling for us, as properly. We’re not going to set our crew at a downside.”