Games to watch involving the NEC this season

With LIU Brooklyn and Sacred Heart finally releasing their 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule late last week, now all ten Northeast Conference teams have officially released their schedules for the upcoming season. With that said, let’s see which games will be the non-conference games to watch involving NEC teams this season and which could be in-conference games to look out for this season.

Big Opening Weekend – All ten NEC teams will be start their seasons off opening weekend, eight of them tip off on opening night, November 13th. Some of the highlights games are:

Mount St. Mary’s @ Maryland – November 13 –  The Maryland Terrapins are a likely preseason Top 10 maybe even a Top 5 team coming into this season and Mount will make the short trip to the Comcast Center to start off their season. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball announces their 2015-16 schedule w/ update

LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri today on announced the men’s basketball schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

The Blackbirds will be playing a full 30-game schedule with twelve non-conference games. Here is a game-by-game look at their complete schedule. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball officially finalize roster

LIU Athletics last week officially finalized their 2015-16 men’s basketball roster with the inclusion of freshman walk-ons Malcolm McMullen and Raiquan Clark.

The inclusion of the two walk-ons put the official final number of players on the roster to sixteen, 13 scholarship players and three walk-ons. The sixteen players on the LIU roster is a high for the program in the Jack Perri head coaching era. In fact, I can’t remember the last time LIU had sixteen players on their current roster. [Read more…]

Blackbirds unveil new uniforms for upcoming season

I told you this offseason that LIU Brooklyn would be getting a new look in their uniforms to go along with their new court at the Steinberg Wellness Center. Well, those new Nike LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball uniforms made their debut during the team’s picture day this past Friday and through social media, we got to get a glance at the new threads the Blackbirds will be playing in this season. [Read more…]

Two new assistant coaches added to LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball coaching staff

Fourth-year LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri announced on Wednesday morning the addition of two new assistant coaches to his coaching staff.

The Blackbirds have added Kenyon Spears as their new assistant coach who replaces Mark Calzonetti* who leaves after three seasons at LIU.

Spears arrives to LIU from University of New Orleans where he spent the last three season as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for UNO head coach Mark Slessinger.

Spears also previously was an assistant coach at Brown for one season before going to UNO. He is also very familiar with the Northeast Conference having been an assistant coach at Wagner for five seasons during Mike Deane’s tenure at Grymes Hill. Before that, he coached at his alma mater Lamar under Deane who he also played for. [Read more…]

Martin Hermannsson/Iceland’s run in Eurobasket 2015 comes to an end

Heading into the 2015 FIBA Eurobasket, Iceland knew they were in for a major uphill battle in a group many felt was the strongest group of the four in the tournament. Iceland, who qualified for the Eurobasket for the first time ever, ended their run in the tournament on Thursday without a win, going 0-5 in a group that included Germany, Spain, Turkey, Serbia, and Italy.

LIU Brooklyn sophomore guard Martin Hermannsson, got to participate in the tournament and played in all five games for Iceland, coming off the bench in every game. [Read more…]

Jamal Olasewere and Nigeria wins 2015 FIBA AfroBasket. Feidanga and Central African Republic finished 14th

Congratulations to LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball alum Jamal Olasewere and his Nigerian teammates as Nigeria on Sunday defeated Angola in the 2015 FIBA African Championship in Tunisia, 74-65, for win their first-ever AfroBasket championship.

Nigeria with the victory, automatically qualifies to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics basketball tournament in Brazil and erase the disappointment of their 2013 FIBA AfroBasket. Nigeria becomes the third nation to qualify for next summer’s Olympics along with the United States and Australia who qualified by winning last summer’s FIBA World Championships in Spain. [Read more…]