Tournament Guide: Liberty résumé

Originally Published: March 14, 2004
By By Tom Durso | Bracketologist

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Liberty's complete Bracketology chart
Take a look inside the data used by the tournament selection committee in seeding the bracket.

Team Data
Points Per Game
Points Allowed
Scoring Margin
69.4 ppg
66.9 ppg
FG pct.
FG allowed
3-PT pct.
3-PT allowed
3PT ratio (of FG) FT pct.
FT totals
Reb. Margin
TO Margin
Asst:TO ratio
Asst:FG ratio
+2.3 rpg
+0.0 tpg

Individual Numbers
Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad Notes




Brian Woodson
(6-3, 195, JR)
Larry Blair
(6-1, 185, FR)
Ryan Mantlo
(6-1, 175, SR)
Gabe Martin
(6-5, 200, SR)
Louvon Sneed
(6-7, 255, SR)




5.3 ppg, 4.7 apg

13.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg

6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg

13.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg

5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg
.1.5 Asst/TO
.714 FT

2.3 apg

.53 stls.

.438 FG
.275 3PT

.386 FG

.481 FT

78 TOs

.590 FT
From walk-on to starting floor general.
Big South Freshman of the Year is a fearless shooter.
Gives nice effort on the boards.
Flames' Mr. Everything brings it at both ends.
Space-eater looks for high percentage shots in the paint.

Pos. Player Min. Basics Good Bad Notes

David Dees
(6-5, 200, FR)
Jason Sarchet
(6-8, 225, SR)

10.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg

7.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg
.366 3PT

.517 FG
8 steals

.658 FT
Rookie reserve is team's third-leading scorer.
Big man has a nice touch down low.

Season notes
High Point How many teams' "high point" could be beating High Point for the second NCAA bid in school history?
Low Point A heartbreaking, two-point loss to Coastal Carolina on Jan. 3 in their Big South opener was the Flames' fifth consecutive defeat.
Most Revealing Moment Liberty rebounded from the Coastal Carolina loss with a 16-point win over Charleston Southern, kick-starting a 15-4 run to close the season.
Did You Know? The Flames won just five games as recently as two seasons ago; this year, they secured a regular-season tie for first place in the Big South.

Scouting report
Offensive Preference Liberty plays a lot of inside-out ball in hopes of finding Martin and Sarchet in the paint.
Defensive Philosophy Aggressive man-to-man defense, combined with double-teaming the ball down low, in an effort to keep the tempo down.
Secret Strength A deep bench of well-rounded players who contribute ensures that the Flames stay fresh.
Achilles Heel Liberty does a poor job of taking care of the basketball, and its outside shooting is nothing to write home about.
Will Lose When ... The Flames lack the firepower to win a shootout and the poise to come from behind.
Famous Last Words Liberty is just too sloppy and undersized to hang with the caliber of competition it's about to face away from the friendly confines of the Vines Center.

Tournament History (1985-2003) Overall NCAA History
NCAA appearances: 1 (of 19)
Seed average: 16.0
Highest seed No. 16
Lowest seed: No. 16
Biggest upset: N/A
Most upsetting: N/A
Bracketology score: 1.00
NCAA appearances: 1
All-time record: 0-1 (.000)
Best finish: 1994, first round
Coach's NCAA record: Jeff Myer (0-0, .000)

Quad comparison
           Inside N-C Luna     vs.  vs.  Bad Cls Lst   
Team     Sd  RPI  RPI RPI SOS 1-25 26-50  L   L  10   B-Scr OffQ  DefQ ASM
St.Joe's  1   3    1   5   44 2-0   3-1   0   0  9-1  1.00  10.1  7.3  17.4
Liberty  16  163  239 214 206 0-1   0-2   8   2  8-2  1.00   0.4  2.3   2.7
Charl.    9  34   55   17  60 4-1   1-4   0   2  7-3  0.92  12.5 (2.5) 10.0
Tex.Tech  8  30   23   63  29 1-6   3-1   1   3  5-5  0.78   5.1  5.5  10.6
Quad Comparison Key
InsideRPI Insider's replication of the Ratings Percentage Index.
N-C RPI RPI in non-conference games only.
LunaRPI Joe Lunardi's "predictive" RPI.
SOS Strenth of Schedule (all games).
1-25 Record vs. 1-25 RPI teams.
26-50 Record vs. 26-50 RPI teams.
Bad Loss Losses to teams ranked below 150 in the RPI.
Close Loss Losses by 3 points or less or in overtime.
Last 10 Record in Last 10 games before tourney.
B-Score Bracketology Scores measure whether a team more often "exceeds" its seed or "falls short" of expectation (average B-Score is 1.00).
OffQ Offensive Quotient (average points per game by which a team exceeds/falls below the aggregate defense of its opponents).
DefQ Defensive Quotient (average points per game allowed below/above the aggregate offense of its opponents).
ASM Adjusted Scoring Margin (OffQ+DefQ) has accurately predicted 10 of the last 16 Final Four participants).