LIU Gameday Preview – Game 2 – Maine

The new floor at the Steinberg Wellness Center will make its basketball debut Thursday night. (Photo: LIU Athletics Instagram)

The new floor at the Steinberg Wellness Center will make its basketball debut Thursday night in LIU season opener. (Photo: LIU Athletics Instagram)

Game Info

Opponent: Maine Black Bears

Conference: America East
Current Record: 0-1
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: NEC Front Row – http://necfrontrow.com/webcast.php/LIU-3099/
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/liubrooklyn/mbball/

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss @ Connecticut, 100-56
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 3-27/2-14
KenPom Rank: 311
Meeting History: 6th all-time meeting. Maine leads series, 4-1. Teams meet last season in a 83-70 win for LIU Brooklyn up in Maine.

High Scorer: Till Gloger, Forward, Sr., 14.0 ppg (1 game)

High Rebounder: Till Gloger, Forward, Sr., 6.0 rpg (1 game)

High Assist man: Devine Eke, Forward, Fr., 3.0 apg (1 game)

Starting Probables

Maine:

G – Aaron Calixate
G – Kevin Little
F – Ilija Stojiljkovic
F – Issac Vann
F – Till Gloger

LIU Brooklyn:

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

Maine Scouting Report

The Black Bears are 0-1 thus far this season after taking a sizable paycheck and getting whipped by the 2014 national champs UConn Huskies on the road, 100-56.

Maine was picked to finished last in the nine-team America East conference this season by the America East coaches. They won just three games last season in their first year under head coach Bob Welsh including a 83-70 home defeat to LIU Brooklyn. Last season, just one of their wins came away from home.

The main guy that LIU has to look out for is 6’8″ senior forward Till Gloger. He finished last season second on Maine in scoring (11.5 ppg) and first in rebounding (4.8 rpg). He finished with team-highs 14 points and 6 rebounds in their loss to UConn last Friday night. Gloger’s game is strictly on the interior as he has only taken three three-pointers in his entire career. He is a 53% career shooting and took a quarter of Maine shots last season so look for Maine to try to get him going in the paint.

The other player LIU will need to keep an eye out for is 6’0″ sophomore guard Kevin Little. He led Maine last season in scoring (12.5 ppg) and assisted on over 23% of Maine made shots. Little as a freshman took the highest percentage of Maine shots last season (31.4%) and doesn’t get himself into foul trouble. He also shot 39% from three a season ago and made 3 of 7 threes against UConn last Friday.

Maine was dead last nationally in defensive effective field goal percentage meaning opponents shot the ball really well against them in particular from inside the arc in which they allowed teams to shoot 55.6% from two. They were not a very good shot-blocking team last season but they were one of the better free-throw shooting team in the nation although they went a woeful 13 for 28 from the free throw line Friday night versus UConn.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU defeated Loyola (Md.) on one of the wildest sequences you will probably ever see in the final five seconds of the game which resulted in a mid-air bank shot three-pointer at the buzzer by Joel Hernandez. The victory was their first season opening road win since the 2003-04 season.

– Jerome Frink in his LIU debut was in foul trouble for most of the first half and played only seven minutes but had a good second half with eight points and several nice passes along with the key block on Loyola’s Jarred Jones in the final five seconds that started the game-winning sequence.

– Martin Hermannsson led LIU in minutes played with 34 as well as dished out a team-high seven assists and scored 14 points in the win on Monday night.

– Junior point guard Aakim Saintil had a very good LIU debut with a team-high tying 15 points in 25 minutes off the bench. He played a lot of minutes with starting point guard Iverson Fleming at times in which both switch off running the offense, making the LIU offense a little more dynamic.

– Junior Joel Hernandez was one rebound short of finishing with a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds including hitting the game-winning three pointer.

– The Blackbirds held Loyola (Md.) to just three three-pointers made for the game and out-rebounded Loyola on both ends of the court for a +7 rebounding margin.

KenPom Prediction: LIU Brooklyn, 80-73

Next Game: Sunday, November 22 – North Carolina Central @ LIU Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. It is the first of two LIU home games at the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Tip is schedule for 12pm.

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