Liberty battles Gardner-Webb in the semifinals of the Big South Tournament at Paul Porter Arena on Saturday. Tipoff occurs at 2 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Flames lost to the Bulldogs 71-68 on Feb. 9 and are 7-2 against them over the last four years.
In a 61-60 win over High Point on Mar. 7, Tavares Speaks put up 17 points and five rebounds for the Flames. He is averaging 13.0 points per game and leads the team in steals with 1.1 per game. In a 71-57 victory over Campbell on Mar. 7, Tashan Newsome put up 15 points and five rebounds for the Bulldogs. He leads the team with 14.0 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Gardner-Webb performs well in offensive rebounding percentage at 36.1. This ranks second in the conference and 48th in the country.