VMI basketball is back in action Tuesday, stepping back into conference play and traveling to Lynchburg, Va. to take on the Liberty Flames. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and fans can follow the game in a number of different ways. The game can be heard in the Lexington area on 96.7 3WZ, as well as WREL.com and VMIKeydets.com. Fans can also follow along via live stats on VMIKeydets.com, while there are numerous ways to watch the game. The contest will be shown live on MASN, can be seen on ESPN3 (available with appropriate access) and, for a $4.95 fee, the Big South Network Presented by State Farm. In addition, MASN is expected to re-broadcast the game in the overnight hours Tuesday evening. This marks VMI's last of seven televised regular season games this season.
Last Meeting with Liberty (1/9/2013):
Stan Okoye had 20 points and 10 rebounds to notch his fourth double-double of the year, and the VMI Keydets broke the game open with a 9-0 run early in the second half as they went on to defeat the Liberty Flames, 82-69, January 9 in Lexington, Va.
After the Keydets had taken a 10-point lead at halftime, Liberty chipped the lead to five with 17:12 to play. Okoye scored three straight points, however, and then Brian Brown hit a pair of three-pointers to cap the run and give VMI a 50-36 lead with 13:49 to go. Brown also drew a crucial charge against Liberty guard John Caleb Sanders during that game-deciding run, and the Flames could get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
A VMI win against Liberty would:
Tie VMI head coach Duggar Baucom for the most coaching wins in school history (116, see page two).
Allow the Keydets to avoid their first seven-game losing streak since a 12-game skid that ran from Jan. 18, 2005 - Feb. 23, 2005.
Be VMI's first win in the Vines Center since Feb. 24, 2009, a 109-72 victory that was Liberty's worst home loss in 18 years, VMI's largest road win (by margin of victory) since 1953-54 and the largest margin of victory VMI had posted over a D-I opponent since 1996.
Give VMI a 15-14 lead in the all-time series between the schools.
Mark the first year since 2006-07 that a team has swept the VMI/Liberty regular season series. Liberty did so that year, but the Keydets went on to beat the Flames in the Big South Tournament's first round in the Vines Center.