LIU Gameday Preview – Game 16 – Wagner

LIU Brooklyn returns to Grymes Hill on Staten Island as they get ready to face Wagner at the Spiro Sports Center where these two teams have played many classics.

Game Info

Opponent: Wagner

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 10-5, 3-1 NEC
Tip: 7:00 pm
Where: Spiro Sports Center – Staten Island, NY

Broadcast: NEC Front Row

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Win @ Sacred Heart, 76-59
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 10-20/8-10
KenPom Rank: 199
Meeting History: 100th all-time meeting. LIU leads series 55-44. LIU has lost the last four straight and six of the last seven in the series. 

High Scorer: Corey Henson, Guard, So., 13.3 ppg

High Rebounder: Michael Carey, Guard, Jr., 9.4 rpg

High Assist man: Corey Henson, Guard, So., 3.3 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

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

Wagner:

G – Corey Henson
G – Dwaun Anderson
G – Michael Carey
F – Henry Brooks
F – Japhet Kadji

Wagner Scouting Report

Wagner is currently one of five NEC teams tied for the top spot in the conference standings coming into tonight’s game. The Seahawks entered conference play with the best non-conference record of all NEC teams with a 7-5 mark.

Wagner got off to the 3-1 NEC start with two road wins during the hectic first eight days of the conference season. They now enter a stretch in which they will play six of the next eight games at home where they have to yet to lose this season (6-0).

Wagner, who was picked sixth in the NEC preseason men’s basketball poll, has been one of the pleasant surprises. The way they’ve been winning has been mostly on the defensive end. They have been forcing their opponents into plenty of turnovers as their 22.5% turnover rate is currently ranked 16th in the nation. They also have a defensive steal percentage of 11.2% of opponent’s possessions which is 25th in the nation.

Another thing they have been successful in doing so far has been attacking the offensive glass. They have a 36.4% offensive rebounding percentage which is 28th in the nation and don’t let opponents get too many second chance by being stingy on the defensive glass. Opponents are only getting to 26.4% of their misses which currently ranks them 53rd in the country.

Offensively though, Wagner is still a bit challenged. They rank in the bottom 300 in the country in effective field goal percentage, turnover percentage, and two-point field goal percentage. Wagner is scoring 67.5 ppg but since they just allow an NEC-best 60.5 ppg, their +7 scoring margin is easily the best margin of all NEC teams.

Wagner is currently being led in scoring by sophomore guard Corey Henson (13.3 ppg) who has seen all numbers increase from his freshman season. Henson is shooting near 47% from three in 90 attempts from deep this season. He also lead the team in assists per game (3.3). He is coming off his worst scoring game of the season against Sacred Heart which he finished with three points in just two shot attempts in 27 minutes.

Wagner’s other double-digit scorer is redshirt senior guard Dwaun Anderson (12.5 ppg). Anderson is having his best season of his college career this season after missing most of last season with an ankle injury. His current 45.2% field goal percentage is easily the best of his Wagner career. He is coming off a career-high 22 points in Wagner’s win against Sacred Heart on Saturday.

Michael Carey (9.4 ppg), the juco transfer, leads Wagner in rebounding with 8.6 rpg. The 6’5″ guard has four double-doubles this season including a 10-point/15-rebound game versus Bryant. Senior Mike Aaman is not having the productive season he had in his first season with Wagner last season. Although Aaman is shooting 47% from the floor, his scoring (7.9 ppg) and his rebounding (5.3 rpg) average are below the averages he put up last season.

Wagner is also pretty deep as they are play ten players with nine players playing at least twelve minutes per game.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU finished 0-2 in their brief home stand with a 72-65 loss to Saint Francis U. to fall to 1-3 in NEC play.

– The loss to SFU gave LIU their third straight loss at the Steinberg Wellnes Center. LIU are 4-3 at home this season.

– LIU are 4-8 in their last twelve games after starting the season 3-0.

– LIU’s offense is struggling to put up the points. In their three NEC losses, LIU has not score more than 65 points in any game. LIU has scored below one point per possession in six of their last seven games.

– Since NEC play begun, Frink and Hermannsson have shot a combined 49 for 92 from the field (53.2%) while the rest of the team is shooting 43 for 137 from the field (31.4%).

– Martin Hermannsson finished with 17 points vs SFU. He has had 17 points in three of the four NEC games this season.

– Jerome Frink (18 pts vs SFU) has led LIU in scoring the last three games.

– After the SFU game, LIU is last in the NEC in NEC play in both offensive (24.6%) and defensive (43.7%) three-point field goal percentage.

– LIU has an effective field goal percentage of 44.1% through four NEC games, ranked 9th in the NEC. Their 94.2 offensive efficiency through their four NEC games is eighth in the NEC.

KenPom Prediction: Wagner, 73-64

Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ Bryant – Saturday, January 16th – The Blackbirds continue on their three-game road swing with the middle game of the three as they visit Smithfield, Rhode Island to take on the surging Bryant Bulldogs. Tip is scheduled for 4:00pm.

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