Falwell did not think about Dozen

January 22, 2002 8:00 AM
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When Jerry Falwell created Liberty University, he didn’t have the Dirty Dozen in mind.

Yet, the Flames have found their way into the dismal 12 at No. 6 with a 1-13 record against NCAA Division I teams. The good news is Liberty was 0-13 the previous week and ranked second.

The Flames broke into the win column Jan. 14 with an 86-80 Big South Conference victory over Coastal Carolina. Liberty fell in its last game to Winthrop, 81-48.

The Big South Conference in basically unknown around the country, but the league tournament champion does receive a bid to the NCAA’s. Unless, of course, they wind up the 65th team and have to play their way into the 64-team event.

This can certainly happen is a weak conference like the Big South, which features teams that a decade ago were part of the NAIA.

College of Charleston was the best known of the teams, and under coach John Kresse made several NCAA tournaments before moving on to the Southern Conference.

The Big South games are not line contests in Vegas because there isn’t enough information to formulate an accurate spread. That might be part of the reason Liberty is in the Dozen.

Long Island still occupies the top spot in the poll, followed by Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Morgan State.

North Carolina moved up two spots to No. 10. The Tar Heels continued their embarrassing season with a 32-point loss at Connecticut.

Coach Matt Doherty’s squad is a brutal 1-9-1 ATS, which will gain automatic entry into any Dozen poll. The worst is yet to come. The Heels still have to face Duke twice.

  

W-L  

ATS

1 Long Island  

0-14  

0-0

2 Ark-Pine Bluff  

0-15  

 0-0

3 Morgan St  

0-14  

0-0

4 Nicholls St  

0-14  

0-0

5 Morris Brown  

1-17  

0-0

6 Liberty  

1-13  

0-0

7 St. Peter’s  

1-13  

1-6

8 IP-Ft. Wayne  

1-14  

0-0

9 Mt. St. Mary’s  

1-13  

0-0

10 N. Carolina  

5-10  

1-9

11 SE Missouri St  

1-13  

4-6

12 NC A&T  

1-13  

0-0  

  

Honorable mentions:
Fairleigh Dickinson, SE Missouri St, SE Louisiana, N.C. A&T, Chicago St, Loyola of Maryland