LIU Gameday Preview – Game 4 – Florida International

 

FIU Arena and the beach court will host LIU Brooklyn the day before Thanksgiving down in Miami. (Photo: FIU Athletics)

Game Info

Opponent: Florida International Panthers

Conference: Conference USA
Current Record: 3-2
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: FIU Arena – Miami, FL

Broadcast: SNY via American Sports Network
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/fiu/mbball/

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss vs Oral Roberts, 76-70 OT
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 16-17/8-10
KenPom Rank: 231
Meeting History: 3rd all-time meeting. Series is tied at one win apiece. LIU Brooklyn won last season’s meeting at the Barclays Center 69-58.

High Scorer: Davlyon Draper, Forward, Sr., 16.8 ppg

High Rebounder: Adrian Diaz, Forward, Sr., 11.0 rpg

High Assist man: Jason Boswell, Guard, Jr., 3.0 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

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

Florida International:

G – Ray Rodriguez
G – Eric Nottage
G – Jason Boswell
F – Daviyon Draper
C – Adrian Diaz

Florida International Scouting Report

Florida International is the second of the two teams LIU Brooklyn will have meet in back-to-back seasons. LIU defeated FIU at the Barclays Center last season in a 69-58 victory. Ironically, neither team returns their top two scorers from that meeting.

FIU in their first five games this season, have played only three games against division one opposition. Their first two games of the season were against non-DI teams at home in which FIU won both by a wide margin. They are 1-2 against DI competition so far which their that win came again UT-Martin on Saturday in a tournament at James Madison in which they won by seven points.

FIU was picked tenth in the fourteen-team Conference USA in their preseason coaches poll. The Panthers return two of their top three leading scorers from last season in 6’7″ senior forward Daviyon Draper and 6’11” center Adrian Diaz. Draper is leading FIU in scoring at 16.8 ppg and is shooting 49% from the field. Draper did not play in their last game against Oral Roberts. Diaz could pose the bigger issue for LIU due to his height. Diaz is second in scoring at 15.0 ppg and lead them in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and blocks (4.2 bpg) while shooting 59% from the field. Diaz has four double-doubles already this season.

Junior guard Jason Boswell who is third on the team in scoring (9.8 ppg) is not a volume shooting thus far for the amount of minutes he has played. He currently leads FIU in minutes played (34.4 mpg) but averages just six shot attempts per game. He leads the team in assists by a small margin with his 3 assists per game.

FIU against division one competition is currently one of the top teams in the nation in three-point shooting at 45.5% but are one of the worst in free throw shooting as team at 60.3%. FIU fires up nearly 17 three-pointer per game thus far. Thanks to Diaz, they are one of the better shot blocking teams in the country and so far have kept team to low shooting percentage from inside and outside the three-point line.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn is off to a 3-0 start to the season after defeating North Carolina Central at the Barclays Center on Sunday afternoon 78-77. LIU is off to their best start to a season since 2010-11 in which they started that season 4-0. With the win, LIU is 7-4 all-time at the Barclays Center and snap a two-game losing streak at the venue.

– Junior forward Jerome Frink was named NEC Player of the Week this week for his performances in the team’s first three games. Frink averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game last week. Frink for the second time this season, came up with a game-saving block in the final seconds of the game, as he came up with another huge block against NCCU to help perserve the one-point win.

– Junior Joel Hernandez scored 16 points against NCCU, 14 of those coming in the second half. Hernandez is one of four LIU players averaging in double-figures along with Frink, Martin Hermannsson and Aakim Saintil.

– Sophomore Trevin Woods made his season debut against NCCU after missing LIU’s first two games coming back from a knee injury he got over the summer. Woods played in just one minute.

– Junior Aakim Saintil with his two steals against NCCU, has 9 steals in 3 games. Entering this game, he is 18th in the nation in steal with a steal in 6.13% of LIU’s opponents possessions.

– Through the team first three games, Aakim Saintil and Martin Hermannsson have combined to miss just five free throws in 43 attempts. Saintil is shooting 86.4% from the charity stripe while Hermannsson is shooting 90.5%. LIU is 83rd in the nation in team free throw shooting at 72.8%.

KenPom Prediction: Florida International, 74-69

Next Game: Sunday, November 29 – LIU Brooklyn @ Dartmouth. LIU completes their brief two-game Thanksgiving weekend road trip with a trip to New Hampshire to face Ivy Leaguers Dartmouth. Tip is scheduled for 2:00pm and the game is on the Ivy League Digital Network but you need a paid subscription to watch.

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