Ken Pomeroy’s has rolled out it’s preseason rankings, and the numbers junkie is predicting Liberty to have its best season since he began his national ranking service for the 2001-02 season.

After finishing 211th nationally in last season’s Pomeroy computer standings, the Flames begin this season as the 175th best team according to the site. Kenpom has an 18-10 projected record and an 11-7 conference finish, but due to yet-to-be-determined Paradise Jam and New Orleans Shootout matchups, that first number is missing three regular season games.

Previous end of season Liberty Kenpom rankings (head coach)

2016-17 : 211 (McKay)
2015-16 : 292 (McKay)
2014-15 : 333 (Layer)
2013-14 : 283 (Layer)
2012-13 : 266 (Layer)
2011-12 : 289 (Layer)
2010-11 : 231 (Layer)

The Flames are predicted to finish in a 3-way for 2nd in this season’s Big South behind UNC Asheville (14-4) and tied with Winthrop and Radford at 11-7.

The Paradise Jam, which will be played at Liberty’s Vines Center, features 3 top 100 rated Kenpom teams (Wake Forest #57, Houston #64, Colorado #97). Other top non-conference matchups features #57 Wake Forest on November 14th, #111 Mercer in the first round of the Paradise Jam on November 17th, and #161 UNC Greensboro in Lynchburg on December 2nd.