NCAA tournament primer: Liberty

March 19, 2013

Record: 15-20, 6-10 Big South
RPI: 287 
Coach: Dale Layer, 20th season, second NCAA tournament apperance
Last NCAA tournament appearance: Lost to St. Joseph’s in first round (2004) 
Notable Wins: Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb

Junior guard John Caleb Sanders matched a career high 27 points in the championship victory over Charleston Southern, and he scored in double-digits every game after Feb. 9. If the Flames have a ghost of a chance of advancing out of Dayton, it will fall on Sanders’ shoulders. 

The Flames are riding a hot streak, winning the last five games in a row and six of their last seven: this after losing their first eight games and entering February with a 7-13 record.  

North Carolina A&T, winner of the MEAC, won 19 games and went 8-8 in their conference during the regular season. They will be favored on Tuesday night, primarily because of Adrian Powell and Lamont Middleton, who each average 12 points a game.

Liberty is the second youngest university to compete in NCAA Division I athletics, having been formed in 1971 by Reverend Jerry Falwell. It is the youngest school to have made three NCAA tournament appearances.