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    SAN JOSE, Calif. — On Saturday, Liberty players still were savoring their Friday night trip to In-N-Out Burger as the 12th-seeded Flames celebrated their 80-76 victory over fifth-seeded Mississippi State in fitting fashion.

    “Double-Double,’’ Liberty forward Myo Baxter-Bell reported as if he could still taste the double-patty burger and the school’s first NCAA tournament victory.

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    But Liberty coach Ritchie McKay offered no details. That’s because he went straight back to the team hotel, where he watched game tape in anticipation of Liberty’s second-round game against fourth-seeded Virginia Tech on Sunday at the SAP Center.

    “When you are my weight and my body fat, you get exempted from opportunities like that,’’ McKay said with a grin. “But I think the players enjoyed it, and yeah, it was good. They need to have a little fun once in a while.’’

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    So while his players were consuming double doubles, what did McKay dine on?

    “I think I had a bar, a snack bar from – it might have been from the locker room in there,’’ he said. “I just, yeah, try not to eat too late.’’

    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Why Liberty coach Ritchie McKay didn't join his team's In-N-Out celebration

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