After playing Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton on Thursday, the Liberty Flames play leg two of their back-to-back on Friday in Florida against the College of Charleston Cougars.
Liberty Flames (-7, 146.5) vs. Charleston Cougars
The outside shooting numbers for Charleston should continue to go northward after beginning the season 21-of-117 from 3-point range in their first four games of the season, with the Cougars currently 327th in the country with a 3-point shooting percentage of 27.1%.
A season ago, Charleston was a 33% 3-point shooting team a season ago and added in the transfer portal Frankie Policelli, who shot over 36% from 3-point range each of the past two seasons at Stony Brook, and CJ Fulton, who in two seasons at Lafayette was a 38% 3-point shooter.
Even if the outside shots are not falling for Charleston, they do a good job of giving themselves second chances, rebounding 32.9% of their missed shots this season after their 33.9% offensive rebound rate last season ranked 14th in America.
While Liberty entered the Field of 68 Tip-Off allowing only 60.8 points per game, the team was just 98th in the country in points allowed on a per possession basis due to a tempo that is one of the slowest in the country, ranking 331st entering Thursday in possessions per game.
On the glass, Liberty has done a good job of limiting second chances, ranking 27th in percentage of misses they prevent from being rebounded by the offense, the team is just 227th in offensive rebound this season and were 269th in offensive rebound rate last season.
With the outside shooting trending upwards for Charleston coupled with Liberty having tired legs from yesterday’s clash with Florida Atlantic, a well-rested Charleston team has the ingredients to hand Liberty a loss on Friday.
The Play: Charleston +7