The ASUN has made alterations to this weekend’s men’s basketball program, and Liberty (15-5, 6-2) will now play host to North Florida (7-11, 5-3) for a pair of games at Liberty Arena this Friday and Saturday. The Flames were being originally scheduled to play at North Alabama this weekend.

The Flames and Ospreys had been at first scheduled to enjoy in Lynchburg very last weekend just before individuals game titles were being postponed late past week pursuing a constructive COVID take a look at within just the UNF program. The game titles were being at first declared by Liberty for a 6 PM idea on Friday and 7 PM on Saturday, but it seems that North Florida has requested an before recreation time on Saturday because of to them acquiring to travel back to Jacksonville through bus Saturday night time.

Other changes to this week’s ASUN men’s basketball slate includes initially-position Bellarmine, originally scheduled to enjoy at North Florida, now traveling to North Alabama. Stetson was at first scheduled to be off this week, but they will now vacation to Atlanta to consider on Kennesaw Condition. Jacksonville will nevertheless participate in host to Lipscomb, as scheduled.

FGCU was at first scheduled to participate in at Kennesaw Condition, but the Eagles have announced they will now be on a pause for two weeks because of to favourable COVID instances. Provided FGCU can get their last two regular time video games performed, they will complete possessing only performed 10 of the 16 typical period convention online games.

Liberty’s on line men’s basketball timetable has been updated to exhibit the team’s final 3 series of the frequent time. In addition to the game titles against North Florida this weekend, the Flames are also scheduled to host North Alabama on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 and vacation to Louisville to deal with Bellarmine on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27. The Flames have been initially scheduled to play at North Alabama and host Bellarmine.

The ASUN frequent season title is most likely to be made the decision concerning Bellarmine and Liberty as the Flames and Knights are at the major of the convention standings. Bellarmine is at present 11-5 overall and 8-2 in ASUN perform though Liberty is 15-5 and 6-2.

Bellarmine is actively playing their first period at the Division I amount and in the ASUN. Beneath 16th calendar year head mentor Scott Davenport, the Knights have taken the convention by storm. Soon after dropping their to start with two online games of meeting perform at household to Lipscomb, Bellarmine has now gained eight straight video games, such as wins on their residence ground this earlier weekend more than Jacksonville, 71-56 and 63-44.

“The addition of Bellarmine can make it a lot far more aggressive,” Liberty head mentor Ritchie McKay said late very last week. “You could possibly assume, properly they arrived from Division II, but mind you they experienced a effective, very well run application that has an recognized tradition. They have been going to be aggressive. We took a peak at them past calendar year and this summer season, and we understood they ended up heading to be in the vicinity of the top. Coach Davenport does a fantastic occupation.”

Relationship again to the 2009-2010 time, Bellarmine has gained six typical season conference championships, five conference tournament titles, and superior to 4 Division II Final Fours. Prior to transitioning to the Division I degree, Bellarmine experienced the longest lively streak of consecutive appearances in the Division II NCAA Tournament with 12 straight, profitable at minimum 20 video games in all 12 of those people seasons and reaching 30 wins on 3 events.

With three weekends still left in the ASUN regular year right before the convention tournament begins the to start with week of March in Jacksonville, Liberty will not be capable to full the whole 16 video game ASUN regular year. The Flames will only be able to participate in 14 online games, furnished there are no other COVID similar cancellation. If the remaining 3 months are performed as scheduled as of Wednesday morning, Liberty will not participate in Florida Gulf Coastline this period.

“We’re pursuing a further (non-meeting video game),” McKay explained pursuing his team’s 90-49 win about Lancaster Bible College Friday night time. “Where that falls on the calendar, we will wait around and see, but of course we’re not likely to get to 16 league games. With 14, we’re heading to try to come across a different sport some wherever, in all probability midweek, in the upcoming two to a few months, but it has to make feeling for us, as effectively. We’re not going to put our crew at a downside.”

By Harriet