LIU Gameday Preview – Game 1 – @ Loyola (MD)

Loyola’s Reitz Arena is the scene for LIU Brooklyn’s season opener against the Greyhounds. (Photo: loyolagreyhounds.com)

Game Info

Opponent: Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds

Conference: Patriot League
Current Record: 0-1
Tip: 7:30 PM
Where: Reitz Arena – Baltimore, MD

Broadcast: Patriot League Network – http://campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league/live
Live Stats: http://www.loyolagreyhounds.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbaskbl.html?event=1447672&school=locl&sport=mbaskbl&camefrom=&startschool=&

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss vs Tennessee Tech: (86-71)
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 11-19/7-11
KenPom Rank: 248
Meeting History: 17th all-time meeting. Loyola (Md.) leads series, 10-6. Last meet in the 1988-89 season, a 79-66 win for LIU Brooklyn.

High Scorer: Tyler Hubbard, Guard, Sr., 21.0 ppg (1 game)

High Rebounder: Jarrod Jones, Forward, Sr., 7.0 rpg (1 game)

High Assist man: Andre Walker, Guard, So., 5.0 apg (1 game)

Starting Probables

Loyola:

G – Tyler Hubbard
G – Andre Walker
G/F -Eric Laster
F- Jarrod Jones
F -Franz Rassman

LIU Brooklyn:

G – Iverson Fleming
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Jerome Frink
F – Nura Zanna

Loyola Scouting Report

The Greyhounds are coming off a 15-point loss against Tennessee State in their season opener on Friday night.

Loyola was picked to finish seventh in the ten-team Patriot League by the league coaches. They are coming off back-to-back 11-19 seasons in their first two season under head coach G.G. Smith. Loyola struggled last season scoring and shooting the ball. Loyola finished second to last in the Patriot League in scoring at just under 59 points per game and were dead last in both field goal percentage (38.2%) and three-point field goal percentage (32.5%) and were among one of the worst team in the nation last season shooting two-point shots at just over 40%. Loyola also finished last in the Patriot League last season in assist per game (9.6).

Two key returnees to look out for are 6’6″ senior guard Eric Laster and 6’0″sophomore guard Andre Walker. Laster led their team in scoring last season with 10.9 ppg and shot 37% from three last season while Walker, who played his high school in Queens at Christ the King High School, was a Patriot League all-rookie team selection last season. He is their top returning assist man at just 2.3 assists per game but assisted on 21.5% of their made shots last season to lead the team. He also likes to draw fouls and get himself to the free throw line as his 117 free throws attempted last season attest.

Junior guard Tyler Hubbard, who was second on the team in scoring last season (10.8 ppg), led the Greyhounds in scoring in their season opener with 21 points including hitting 4 of 5 from three so he is another guy the LIU defense will need to be aware of.

Loyola was dreadful from the free throw line against Tennessee State. They missed 16 of 43 free throw attempts for a 62.8% free throw percentage. Loyola was held to 34.5% shooting from the field and 6 of 19 from three while allowing Tennessee State to shot 52.7% for the game.

What’s new for LIU

– LIU Brooklyn will have three new starters in their starting lineup. Look for point guard Iverson Fleming, guard Joel Hernandez who started in fourteen games last season, and junior transfer Jerome Frink to join sophomores Martin Hermannsson and Nura Zanna in LIU’s starting against Loyola.

– Iverson Fleming will becomes LIU’s new starting point guard after coming off the bench in all but one game last season. Fleming has five career starts in his first two seasons at LIU. Fleming will be backed up by junior college transfer Aakim Saintil who played at South Alabama his freshman season.

– Jerome Frink will start at the four position. He started in all but seven games while at Florida International and started in all 31 games as a sophomore. Frink has garnered a lot of preseason talk on the lead up to the season.

– Six freshmen joins LIU Brooklyn this season in Raul Frias, Julius van Sauers, Kwe Askew, Ganlandou Cisse and walk-ons Mitchell McMullen and Raiquan Clark. Frias and van Sauers could likely see game action in the season opener.

– New rules changes are part of the college basketball landscape this season. The most notable changes are the 30-second shot clock, the 4-foot arc near the basketball, no more closely-guarded rule while the player is dribbling the basketball, a move towards more freedom of movement on the offensive end and more. Look for plenty of whistles in this one.

KenPom Prediction: Loyola (Md.), 73-66

Next Game: Thursday, November 19 – Maine @ LIU Brooklyn at the Steinberg Wellness Center. It is home opener for the Blackbirds. Tip is schedule for 7pm.

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