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Tonight the NCAA crowds a new Division I men’s basketball champion and thus bringing the 2012-13 college basketball season to an end. With this being the official end of the long four and a half month journey, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thanks to many people who helped in the growth and success of Blackbirds Hoops Journal in year one.
When I started the blog last summer, I honestly didn’t know how many people would even bother reading anything I wrote. I didn’t know if anyone else cared as much about LIU Brooklyn hoops as much as I did. When I first started back over last summer, I honestly had very low expectations. I was just hoping to get a some readers who would check in from time to time. The blog was getting between 20 to 30 views a day over the summer and I thought maybe that the way it is going to be all year long. I wasn’t really writing about the Blackbirds to get views on the blog, I was writing I was a fan of the team and an alum of the school and I have truly enjoyed watching and attending LIU basketball games for now the last seventeen seasons. Well, I quickly learned as the season went along that there really was an interest in LIU Brooklyn basketball and it just wasn’t me and a select few. Every month, the views kept increasing and people started knowing who I was at games and was coming up to me and thanking me for starting the blog and enjoyed my writing and told me to keep it up. I felt very gratified and appreciate of all the support. As the 26,000+ views show, people really did enjoy the blog and kept returning and leaving comments and writing messages to me, asking me various questions about the team. I learned I’m not the only passionate Blackbird fan out there, that there are plenty of other fans just like myself and followed this program as intently as I did. It was great for me to see that. Read the rest of this entry
Since Sunday night when LIU Brooklyn learned that they will have to travel to Dayton, Ohio to play in a gently worded “first four” game against James Madison on Wednesday, LIU has had plenty of people pat them on the back, wrote and said nice things about them and their season, wished them good luck in their game, etc.
Of course, there are always things that come up or people who seem like they go out of their way to not give this program the respect that they are due and quite frankly have justifiably earned by winning not one, not two but three Northeast Conference championships in a row. A feat that has never happened before in the NEC 32-year history of the conference. Read the rest of this entry
With victory comes the spoils. Since winning the NEC championship for the third consecutive season on Tuesday night, the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have been enjoying a media blitz as the national media attention begins to pick up in the days before Selection Sunday and the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Here is a rundown of where the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds have been heard and seen since rising their third straight NEC championship trophy. This post will be continuously updated for now until LIU plays their tournament game next week. Read the rest of this entry
Today was the day we were all waiting for since LIU Brooklyn won their third straight NEC Championship on Tuesday night. We finally learned when and where the Blackbirds will playing their NCAA Tournament game. LIU Brooklyn will be heading to Dayton, Ohio as most of the bracketologists had predicted they would and they will be involved in one of the two 16-seed play-in games the NCAA has dubbed the “First Four” on Wednesday night at 6:40pm on truTV. Read the rest of this entry
All photos taken by Bob Dea for Blackbirds Hoops Journal at the Wellness Center during the Northeast Conference Championship Game on March 12, 2013. Read the rest of this entry
All photos taken by Bob Dea for Blackbirds Hoops Journal from the Quinnipiac-LIU Brooklyn game at the Wellness Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
For the first time since starting the NEC season at 0-3, LIU Brooklyn has lost two games in a row. It was a very costly two games as it took them from contention of a number one seed for the upcoming NEC tournament to now at risk of not even getting a home game for the first round.
The losses at Mount St. Mary’s and at Wagner eliminated the possibility of the Blackbirds tying Rider (’93-’95) as the only other three straight NEC men’s basketball regular season champions. Read the rest of this entry