Opponent: Saint Francis U.
Current Record: 6-8, 2-1 NEC
Tip: 4:30 PM (approx.)
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY
About the Opponent
Previous Game: Loss @ St. Francis Brooklyn, 72-69
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 16-16/9-9
KenPom Rank: 285
Meeting History: 70th all-time meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads the series, 35-34. LIU won both games last season and have won five of the last seven meetings.
High Scorer: Greg Brown, Guard, Sr., 15.2 ppg
High Rebounder: Ronnie Drinnon, Forward, Sr., 8.6 rpg
High Assist man: Malik Harmon, Guard, Jr., 3.3 apg
Saint Francis U.:
G – Greg Brown
G – Isaiah Blackmon
G – Ben Millaud-Meunier
F – Josh Nebo
F – Ronnie Drinnon
G – Aakim Saintil
G – Martin Hermannsson
G – Joel Hernandez
F – Nura Zanna
F – Jerome Frink
Saint Francis U. Scouting Report
Saint Francis U. were one of three NEC teams to start the conference season 2-0 before falling in their last game on the road to St. Francis Brooklyn Thursday night, 73-56.
SFU is 6-8 so far this season and can be said they are doing better than many people predicted they would do this season after losing some key players from last season’s 16-16 team, none more than All-NEC first teamer Earl Brown.
Yet, this season they have a nice mix of veterans helping leading the pack while getting solid contributions from a few underclassmen.
Three seniors lead the way for SFU in terms of scoring. Senior guard Greg Brown who is averaging 15.2 ppg is nearly doubling his scoring average from last season. He is shooting an excellent 47.8% from the field and had made 50% of his three-pointers this season in 42 attempts. In his last five games, he has scored at least 18 points and has scored exactly 19 points in each of his last three games since NEC play began. He is a solid candidate for NEC Most Improved Player. He is going to be a challenge of the defensive end for the LIU guards.
The other senior guard on the roster is shooting guard Ben Millaud-Meunier. Also known for his outside shooting, Millaud-Meunier is second on SFU in scoring at 12.4 ppg. He is 36% from three this season and almost 88% from the foul line. He scored 24 against Sacred Heart Monday night but then played just 14 minutes and went scoreless against St. Francis Brooklyn. Not sure if he was injured during the game so it bears watching what condition he’ll be in for this one.
The final senior on this roster is rebounding machine Ronnie Drinnon, one of my personal favorite guys to watch in the NEC. Drinnon is third on SFU in scoring at 9.8 ppg and lead them in rebounding at 8.6 rpg which ranks him third in the NEC. Drinnon has five double-double coming into this game including a pair in his last two games vs Sacred Heart and St. Francis Brooklyn. He has posted double-digit scoring games in eight of his last ten games. He is hitting on over 46% of his two-point baskets.
One SFU player who we might not see Saturday is junior point guard and Queens native, Malik Harmon. Harmon has missed SFU’s last two games and played in just three minutes against Wagner in the NEC season opener with an unknown injury. Harmon is still SFU’s leader the team in assists at over three per game.
Without Harmon, SFU head coach Rob Krimmel has given more playing time to freshman guard Isaiah Blackmon. He is averaging 9.2 ppg and shooting over 51% from the field and over 39% from three. He is averaging 11.6 ppg in his first three NEC games.
Through the first three NEC games, SFU is getting to the free throw line a bunch. Their free throw attempt-to-field goal attempt percentage is over 50% which is tops in the conference. They are also shooting nearly 36% from three as a team in conference play which fourth in the NEC. Defensively, NEC teams have been getting their points against them. They have been given up about 1.05 points per possession. It will be key for LIU to keep the game up-tempo and get the score into the high 70s or low 80s.
What to know about LIU from their last game
– LIU Brooklyn were defeated at home Thursday night by Robert Morris, 70-60 to fall to 1-2 in NEC play.
– The loss to RMU was LIU’s second straight loss at the Steingberg Wellness Center and ended a two-game win streak vs RMU.
– Junior forward Jerome Frink continued his string of fine play with his third double-double in four games and fifth of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
– Sophomore Trevin Woods played his best game of the season so far with 10 points and four rebounds and broke a seven-game three-point field goal drought with two three-pointers made. Also played a season-high 27 minutes.
– Martin Hermannsson scored 10 points to continue his double-digit game scoring streak which is up to five straight. He has scored at least 10 points in all but one game this season. Hermannsson is the only LIU player shooting at least 40% from three coming into the game.
– In two of their first three NEC games, LIU has scored below 0.90 points per possessions. They had done it in both of their NEC losses to Mount St. Mary’s and Robert Morris. LIU has scored over 1.0 points per possession in just one of their last five games which was the win at Central Connecticut State.
– LIU comes into the SFU game shooting 29.2% from three this season. 325th ranked in the nation. LIU is 11 for 47 from three so far in their three NEC games (23.4%).
KenPom Prediction: LIU Brooklyn, 73-70
Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ Wagner – Thursday, January 14th – LIU heads back on the road to start a three-game road swing which will start at Wagner. Tip is scheduled for 7:00 pm.