Liberty meets N. Fla. in Atlantic Sun semis
No. 3 seed North Florida (16-16, 10-7) vs. No. 2 seed Liberty (26-6, 15-2)
Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney Semifinals, Vines Center, Lynchburg, Virginia; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the Atlantic Sun championship game is ready to be punched as North Florida and Liberty are set to do battle. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Feb. 23, when the Ospreys outshot Liberty from the field 47.3 percent to 45.3 percent and hit five more 3-pointers en route to a 75-70 victory.
SENIOR STUDS: Liberty’s Scottie James, Caleb Homesley and Lovell Cabbil have collectively accounted for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 58 percent of all Flames points over the last five games.
CREATING OFFENSE: Ivan Gandia-Rosa has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all North Florida field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 13 field goals and 19 assists in those games.
SLIPPING AT 75: Liberty is 0-6 this year when it allows 75 points or more and 26-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 75.
STREAK STATS: North Florida has won its last three road games, scoring 75.3 points and allowing 69.7 points during those contests. Liberty has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 71.2 points while giving up 59.
PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat North Florida offense has averaged 73.8 possessions per game, the 25th-most in Division I. Liberty has operated at a slower pace and is averaging only 64.8 possessions per game (ranked 340th, nationally).