My next peek looking into LIU Brooklyn 2015-16 season is taking an early glance at what to expect from the Blackbirds non-conference schedule. Right now, there isn’t a whole lot to it.
LIU completed three home-and-home series this past season with games against Temple, Lehigh and NJIT. Plus, LIU played in the preseason NIT and in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival this past season which accounted for four of their eleven non-conference games. They also took on a one-season home-and-home series with New Hampshire.
So what is in LIU Brooklyn’s future non-conference schedule for next season? That is a good question. At the present time, there really isn’t too much information out there to know.
What we do know? Well, LIU Brooklyn has two home-and-home return games to complete next season. Those are a home game versus Maine and road game versus Florida International. I originally thought the Hofstra would also be a return game but that game they played at Barclays Center this past season was a one-time game so there is no return trip for LIU to Hofstra next season.
LIU will likely once again look to play in an early season tournament which should account for three to four non-conference games. The Blackbirds have played in an early season tournament in each of the last four seasons.
Another thing you can expect to see in LIU Brooklyn’s non-conference schedule next season is the Blackbirds playing at least a few of local tri-state area teams on there. Last season, LIU played four local teams in St. John’s, Stony Brook, NJIT and Hofstra. In looking back at the last fifteen years of LIU’s non-conference schedules, they have played between three and six local teams in non-conference play every season. Next season won’t likely be any exception.
Also, we could like see teams from the America East and/or the MAAC conferences on their non-conference schedule. Last season, LIU played four games against America East opponents. In the two seasons prior to last season, LIU combined to play three games against MAAC competition.
The two teams that seems to almost always pop up on LIU’s non-conference schedule is Saint Peter’s and NJIT. Last season ended a run of nine-straight seasons in which LIU and Saint Peter’s met. NJIT have appeared on LIU’s schedule in three of the last four of the last five seasons. With NJIT making a run all the way to the CIT semifinals this season, it will be interesting to see if NJIT returns to LIU schedule next season. My thinking is that you likely will not unless it is an LIU home game.
Another team that may appear on LIU’s schedule is Norfolk State although there is no guarantee of that game happening. If it does, it will likely be a road game for the Blackbirds.
As far as teams I would like to see on LIU’s schedule next season but likely are very far fetched. I would love to see LIU take on a team from the ACC, Big Ten or the Big East. LIU has taken one at least one team from one of these three conference in two of the last three seasons. LIU has faced at least one power five conference team in four of the past five season with last season being the exception. I personally would love to see a game against either Rutgers (Big Ten), Syracuse (ACC), Michigan (Big Ten), or Kansas (Big 12).
As I do every offseason, I’ll be monitoring Twitter for any LIU Brooklyn scheduling updates and will keep track of LIU’s 2015-16 opponents and game dates in a new LIU Schedule Tracker page which will be up later this spring.