LIU Gameday Preview – Game 3 – North Carolina Central


The Blackbirds return to the Barclays Center for their first of two games in year four of the arena. (Photo: LIU Brooklyn Athletics)

Game Info

Opponent: North Carolina Central Eagles

Conference: MEAC
Current Record: 1-1
Tip: 12:00 PM
Where: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: NEC Front Row –
Live Stats:

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Win vs Allen (NAIA), 78-54
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 25-8/16-0
KenPom Rank: 223
Meeting History: First all-time meeting.

High Scorer: Jeremiah Ingram, Guard, Sr., 11.5 ppg

High Rebounder: Jeremiah Ingram, Guard, Sr., 10.0 rpg

High Assist man: Dajuan Graf, Forward, R-Jr., 4.0 apg

Starting Probables


G – A.J. Lynch
G – Jeremiah Ingram
G – Dajuan Graf
G – Jamal Ferguson
F – Jay Copeland

LIU Brooklyn:

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

NCCU Scouting Report

The Eagles are off to a 1-1 start after a 34-point loss on the road to Clemson and then a 24-point win against NAIA affiliated Allen University. Last season, NCCU won 25 games and were a perfect 16-0 in MEAC play before in the MEAC tournament and settling for an NIT appearance.

The Eagles lost five seniors off that team from last season but are returning five seniors this season and have just three underclassmen on this season’s roster. Their roster is made of mostly transfers who come from junior college or other Division I schools.

NCCU’s top returning scorer is senior guard Donte Holmes who was their fourth-best scorer last season at 10.4 ppg but he has yet to suit up for the Eagles this season. With Holmes absence, it is senior guard Jeremiah Ingram who currently leads them in scoring at 11.5 ppg and is also their top rebounder at 10.0 rpg. He is coming off a 15-point performance against Allen this past Monday.

Senior forward Jay Copeland has missed just one field goal attempt (6 for 7) through his team’s first two games. He missed all of last season due to a medical redshirt. He is coming off a double-double game (15 pts & 11 rebs) versus Allen.

Another player to watch for is junior guard Dajuan Graf. He is currently second on the team in scoring at 10.5 ppg and has hit three of his first six three-point shots this season. He is another NCCU who didn’t play last season as he sat out due to NCAA transfer rules coming from Florida Gulf Coast.

This was very good on both ends of the court last season and according to Kenpom were the number one most experienced team in the nation. This season, the Eagles are 21st in the nation in experience but so far through two games, the Eagles have had their struggles on the offensive end. Now, they did play Clemson in their opener and were held to 40 points by the Tigers so you have to take their offensive numbers with a grain of salt but they are 11th in the 13-team MEAC conference is field goal shooting (35.8%) and 12th in three-point shooting (22.2%).

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU relied on the one-two scoring punch of Jerome Frink and Martin Hermannsson to defeat Maine in their home opener Thursday night 84-79. Frink busted out for the first time as a Blackbirds with 25 points on 9 of 11 shooting while Hermannsson finished with 23 points.

– Nura Zanna left LIU’s last game with laceration above his left eye after crashing to the floor going after a rebound in the second half against Maine. Zanna though is expected to be in the lineup for LIU in this one. Zanna nearly finished with a double-double (8 pts & 11 rebs) and played only 16 minutes due to first half foul trouble.

– LIU made only three three-pointers against Maine and is currently last in the NEC in three-point shooting percentage at 23.8%. LIU has negated their early three-point struggles by shooting nearly 53% from two (3rd in the NEC) and hitting on 71.4% of their free throws (2nd in the NEC).

– LIU coming into this game is 20th in the nation in defensive turnover percentages for turnovers in 24.5% of their opponent’s possessions and are 72nd in the nation in steal rate at 11%.

KenPom Prediction: LIU Brooklyn, 71-70

Next Game: Wednesday, November 25 – LIU Brooklyn @ Florida International. These two teams meet last season at the Barclays Center, a 69-58 victory for the Blackbirds. Tip is schedule for 7pm. The game will air on SNY in the New York City area.

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