On Sunday night, the Liberty Flames will face off against the Virginia Tech Hokies in a 12 vs 4 matchup with the winner earning a spot in the sweet sixteen.
Flames Back in Underdog Role
Liberty is coming off an 80-76 upset win over Mississippi St in their first-round matchup. Caleb Homesley led the way with 30 points on 10 of 16 shooting to go with 4 rebounds and an assist. Lovell Cabbil Jr scored 18 points on 4 of 7 shooting to go with 2 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Myo Baxter Bell scores 13 points on 3 of 8 shooting to go with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Scottie James led the team in rebounds with 6 to go with 6 points.
The Flames are led by Scottie James who is averaging 12.9 points a game and leads the team in rebounds with 8.7 per game and is shooting 66.9% from the field this season. He is followed by Caleb Homesley who is averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Lovell Cabbil Jr is scoring 11.7 points a game and is the leading assist man with 2.8 per contest. Cabbil is also the leading 3–point shooter at an astounding 45.6%. The Flames are averaging 74 points per game and are shooting a stellar 49% from the field this season.
Hokies Looking to Join ACC in Sweet 16
Virginia Tech is coming off a 66-52 win over Saint Louis in their first-round matchup. The Hokies led by 22 at the half but received a little scare when SLU made a second-half run to cut it to single digits. Nickeil Alexander Walker led the way with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting to go with 6 rebounds and an assist. Kerry Blackshear Jr scored 15 points on 2 of 7 shooting to go with 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Ahmed Hill scores 10 points and Ty Outlaw tallied 7 points and a team-high 7 rebounds.
Virginia Tech has 4 players that average double digits. Nickeil Alexander-Walker leads the charge with 16.7 a game. Kerry Blackshear Jr is averaging 14.6 rebounds and is the leading rebounder with 7.2 boards per game. Justin Robinson is scoring 13.5 points a game this season and is the leading assister with 5 a game. Robinson returned from a foot injury that kept him out for a couple months on Friday. Ahmed Hill is adding 13 points per game to go with 3.8 rebounds per contest. Virginia Tech is scoring 74 points a game and are shooting 47.5% from the field.
Hokies Smoke Flames
Virginia Tech comes in at -9. Liberty played well in their first game against Mississippi St but will need a flawless effort here if they want to defeat Virginia Tech. The Hokies have been incredible all season long and just got their best player back in Justin Robinson. The Hokie defense has been solid and held their first-round opponent to just 52 points. I think the Flames will have trouble scoring in this one and will not be able to stop Virginia Tech as they have too many offensive weapons. Take Virginia Tech -9.
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