LIU Gameday Preview – Game 13 – Central Connecticut State

CCSU’s Detrick Gymnasium is where LIU look to get their first NEC win of the season as they face the Blue Devils Monday night. (Photo:

Game Info

Opponent: Central Connecticut State

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 1-11
Tip: 2:00 PM
Where: Detrick Gymnasium – New Britain, CT

Broadcast: MSG Network and FOX College Sports


About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss @ Bryant, 88-72
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 5-26/3-15
KenPom Rank: 349
Meeting History: 39th all-time meeting. Series is tied at 19 wins apiece. LIU has won 11 of the last 13 meetings including both meetings last season. LIU is 7-10 all-time on the road against CCSU but have won the last four meetings at Detrick Gym.

High Scorer: Khalen Cumberlander, Guard, Jr., 12.4 ppg

High Rebounder: Brandon Peel, Forward, Sr., 8.1 rpg

High Assist man: Khalen Cumberlander, Guard, Jr., 3.0 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

G – Aakim Saintil
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Nura Zanna
F – Jerome Frink

Central Connecticut:

G – Khalen Cumberlander
G – Austin Nehls
G – Jahlil Nails
F – Brandon Peel
F – Malik Toppin

CCSU Scouting Report

What is left to say about CCSU that hasn’t been said many times already. It has been a steady decline within the program since they last had a winning season back in 2010-11. Since that season, the win totals have gone from 19 to 13 to 13 to 11 to 5 wins last season and this season they are 1-11 coming into this matchup with LIU.

CCSU is currently ranked 349 on KenPom which is third to last in the nation. They have the second-worst defensive adjusted efficiency in the nation as they allow just over 1.162 points per possession.

They are also ranked in the bottom 300 in offensive adjusted efficiency, effective field goal percentage, three-point shooting percentage, two-point shooting percentage, defensive effective field goal percentage, defensive three-point shooting percentage, and defensive two-point shooting percentage.

In their eleven losses this season, they have lost by an average of 17.5 points per game and that is including a 16-point loss to Bryant in their NEC season opener on Saturday. Only three of their losses have been by single digits and only one was within two possessions.

The Blue Devils are currently led in scoring and assists by junior guard Khalen Cumberlander who is averaging 12.4 ppg and 3.0 apg. Cumberlander is shooting just 36% from the field and 22% from three. Also shooting just 57% from the free throw line. He had been slumping scoring and shooting-wise before the start of NEC play but scored 17 in the loss to Bryant.

Senior forward Brandon Peel leads CCSU in rebounding at over eight per game and is third in scoring at 10.3 ppg. He has five double-double this season including a 16 points and 16 rebound game against Bryant. Peel is shooting just 42% from the field and has shot just one three-pointer this season.

One of the many new faces who has been contributing for CCSU this season is freshman guard Austin Nehls. He is the top three-point threat for the Blue Devils as he takes almost seven threes per game and makes 2.5 per game. He is an excellent free throw shooter at 89%. He is second on the team in scoring at nearly twelve points per game and has scored a season-high 20 points against UMass Lowell in their only win of the season.

A few other players you will likely hear the names of are sophomore forward Mustafa Jones (5.9 ppg), freshman guard Jahlil Nails (4.9 ppg) and freshman forward Evan Phoenix (4.6 ppg). Transfer junior guard JJ Cratit who is CCSU fourth-leading scorer has missed the last three games.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU dropped their fourth straight NEC season opener with a 79-63 loss at Mount St. Mary’s. LIU has dropped two straight and six of their last nine games after a 3-0 start to their season.

– For the fourth consecutive game, LIU scored under 1.0 points per possession and snapped a three-game streak of allowing under 1.0 points per possession defensively.

– LIU committed a season-high 21 turnovers against the Mount Mayhem press defense.

– Martin Hermannsson finished with 17 points vs Mount and has scored at least 16 points in his last three games.

– Jerome Frink finished with his second straight double-double and fourth of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

– Nura Zanna was held scoreless against the Mount. It was just the second time in his career he had been held scoreless. Last held scoreless back on February 28th of last season at Sacred Heart.

– After a 3 for 12 shooting game from three, LIU is shooting 30.1% from three this season which ranks them 306th in the nation.

KenPom Prediction: LIU Brooklyn, 78-71

Next Game: Robert Morris @ LIU Brooklyn  – Thursday, January 7th – The rivalry renews for the first of two meetings. Tip is scheduled for 7pm. Game can be seen on NEC Front Row.

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