Blackbirds Hoops Journal is a blog discussing the Long Island University, or LIU for short, Brooklyn Blackbirds Men’s Basketball team as well as the conference LIU plays in, the Northeast Conference. LIU Brooklyn has been playing NCAA Division I basketball since 1928 with a break in the basketball program from 1951 to 1957 after the NYC point-shaving scandal of the 1950′s. The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have been a member of the Northeast Conference since 1981 when it was then known as the ECAC Metro Conference before becoming the Northeast Conference in 1988. LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are currently two-time defending Northeast Conference Men’s Basketball champions and have won the Northeast Conference Tournament four times: 1983-84, 1996-97, 2010-11, 2011-12. LIU Brooklyn has won the National Invitational Tournament twice in their history back when the NIT was “THE” tournament in 1938 and in 1941. The Blackbirds have appeared in ten NIT’s with the last being in 1998.
As far as for myself, I’m a 1999 alum of LIU Brooklyn. I started going to LIU men’s basketball home games in my sophomore year which was the 1996-97 season, the year LIU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in their history and first time in 13 seasons. I sat at the very top of the main bleachers at the old Schwartz Athletic Center which was better known as the old Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. I now currently attend or watch every single LIU men’s basketball games either in-person at the Wellness Center, the home of LIU Brooklyn basketball, on television or through web stream. I have attended over 90 percent of LIU Brooklyn home games since 1996. Last season, I attended or watched all but one LIU game.