BHJ’s 2nd Annual List of Fun (but probably unlikely) opponents for the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds: ’13-14 Edition
We are nearly a month into into the college basketball offseason and unlike like last year for LIU Brooklyn, it has been a lot more drama free. By this time last year, LIU had a couple of players decide to transfer and had to deal with a head coaching change from Jim Ferry to Jack Perri. For the defending three-time Northeast Conference men’s basketball champions, other than recently landing two new commits for the upcoming year in guards Iverson Fleming and Joel Hernandez, getting word of Julian Boyd getting his sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA to play next season, and the recent name change of the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center to the Steinberg Wellness Center, it has been relatively smooth transition in preparation for the 2013-14 season.
As always during this time of the offseason, coaches are working on getting their non-conference schedule for the following season completed and finalized. This offseason present a bit more of a challenge for coaches in the NEC in terms of non-conference scheduling as coaches now have to schedule two more non-conference games as the NEC conference season is shorten from an 18-game schedule to a 16-game schedule for the upcoming season. Some NEC schools will probably have very little trouble getting two more non-conference games scheduled as they’ll likely an extra guarantee road game or two, get some guaranteed money for the university and the program in exchange for a blowout loss against a power conference school. For teams who finished at the bottom of the NEC last season, this is likely the route they will take but for good NEC teams going into next season like LIU, Robert Morris, Wagner, Mount St. Mary and Bryant, finding quality opponents will be a much more exhausting task. Read the rest of this entry
On Wednesday morning, College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein tweeted out the following:
Barclays Center triple header on 12/21 – Manhattan/Buffalo, Stanford/Michigan, Temple/LIU…..—
Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 01, 2013
This tripleheader is likely the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational which LIU Brooklyn was a part of last season when they played Seton Hall. This would be the first confirmed game at the Barclays Center for LIU for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Read the rest of this entry
LIU Brooklyn announced last week that the on-campus home for LIU Brooklyn’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center, also known as the WRAC for short, is going to be renamed to the Steinberg Wellness Center in a dedication ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, April 24th.
The renaming is in dedication to Dr. David J. Steinberg who is retiring as LIU’s president this coming June after 27 years in that position. Dr. Kimberly R. Cline is set to become LIU’s tenth president in July. Cline will become the university’s first female president in their history. Read the rest of this entry
Now that the 2012-13 season LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball is complete, time to naturally take a first glance at what to expect from the Blackbirds in 2013-14.
Let’s take a guess at what the LIU starting lineup will look like. At this moment, the only player we can set in stone that will be in the starting five come November is point guard Jason Brickman. If the NCAA grants Julian Boyd his sixth year of eligibility after tearing up his knee this past season, he will be the other lock in the LIU starting five for head coach Jack Perri. I also expect E.J. Reed to move into the starting lineup to take over Jamal Olasewere’s spot at the 4 position. Reed will have to work on getting himself stronger this summer so he can take the banging down low and on the boards. Read the rest of this entry
An intense roller coaster ride. There is no other better way to describe the season the LIU Brooklyn Brooklyn Blackbirds had in 2012-13. One that ended in historic fashion as the Blackbirds became the first ever Northeast Conference team to win back-to-back-to-back NEC Tournament championships and make a third straight appearance in the NCAA tournament. The way that LIU got to that point was by no means a picnic. Of the three championship seasons, this one definitely had its biggest share of crazy events happen which only added to the drama as the season unfolded yet help make the season one of the sweetest for Blackbirds fans.
It all started back in April when Jim Ferry on April 10th announced that he was leaving LIU Brooklyn after ten seasons as head coach and after guiding the Blackbirds to two straight NEC championships to take over as head coach at Duquesne University. After the announcement was made, LIU Brooklyn Athletic Director John Suarez immediately promoted associate head coach Jack Perri, who had been with the program for the past seven years, to become LIU’s 13th men’s basketball head coach. Read the rest of this entry
For three straight seasons, LIU Brooklyn has made the NCAA Tournament as the winners of the NEC Tournament. For the third straight season, LIU bows out of the NCAAs after only one game as James Madison played their game plan to near perfection and knocked LIU out of the NCAA Tournament in their first four matchup in Dayton, Ohio, winning 68-55.
Give James Madison all the credit, from the opening tip they controlled the tempo of this game. They also started the game off red hot shooting, getting off to a 10-2 start and getting up 20-8 before the under 12 media timeout in the first half. LIU’s backcourt had trouble getting the offense going for most of the first half. JMU size advantage at the guard position slowed down the LIU attack as Brickman and Garner just couldn’t get to the rim or open from the outside. ”I was a little concerned with them going small to start the game.” said LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri after the loss. “I didn’t like our matchups to start the game because (Rayshawn) Goins couldn’t play. I actually thought it would have helped us if he did play.” Read the rest of this entry
The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds are back in the NCAA Tournament for their third straight attempt at winning on NCAA Tournament game. The Blackbirds look to get their first ever win in the NCAA Tournament. LIU is 0-5 all-time in the NCAAs. They look to break this streak against the James Madison Dukes of the Colonial Athletic Association in the first round matchup in this year’s NCAA tournament. The game is schedule to tip off at 6:40 pm on TruTV (check your cable listings to find channel). Read the rest of this entry