LIU Gameday Preview – Game 18 – Fairleigh Dickinson

 

FDU’s Stratis Arena is the final stop of LIU’s current three-game road trip as the Blackbirds look to finish a perfect 3-0 on the trip. (Photo: Basketball Passport – bbpassport.com)

Game Info

Opponent: Fairleigh Dickinson

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 8-9, 4-2 NEC
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: Stratis Arena – Hackensack, NJ

Broadcast: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: www.fduknights.com

 

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss at Robert Morris, 64-58
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 8-21/3-15
KenPom Rank: 255
Meeting History: 99th all-time meeting. Series is tied at 49 wins a piece. LIU has lost four straight games in the series. Last season, they split the season series. 

High Scorer: Earl Potts, Guard/Forward, So., 15.5 ppg

High Rebounder: Earl Potts, Guard/Forward, So., 5.7 rpg

High Assist man: Darian Anderson, Guard, So., 4.0 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

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

FDU:

G – Darian Anderson
G – Marques Townes
G – Stephan Jiggetts
F – Earl Potts
F – Mike Holloway

FDU Scouting Report

If there is a team that has been a major surprise in the NEC this season, it has been the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. This team was picked ninth in the NEC preseason men’s basketball poll after finishing 3-15 in the NEC and eight wins overall. They enter today’s contest with an 8-9 record, having started 4-2 in NEC play including two road wins at Sacred Heart and at Saint Francis U.

FDU is still a very young team. 85% of their team consist of underclassmen and kenpom.com has them listed as the fifth-least experienced team in the nation, making what they have already done this season already more impressive.

Coming into this matchup, FDU has several impressive offensive stats. According to kenpom.com, FDU is first in NEC games in offensive efficiency (111.6 pts), effective field goal percentage (53.6%), interestingly two-point field goal percentage (53.5%) (FDU only has two players on the team who are 6’7” or above.), and free throw percentage (79.8%) while they are second in offensive turnover percentage (18.2%) and offensive steal percentage (8.4%). In their first four NEC games, FDU scored at least 80 points per game including 92 points versus Central Connecticut State.

Their top four players are all sophomores. Earl Potts (15.5 ppg) is one of the candidate for NEC Most Improved Player of the Year. He is fourth in the NEC in scoring behind LIU’s Jerome Frink and is sixth in the NEC in field goal percentage also just behind Frink. He has gone for twenty-plus points five times this season including in back-to-back games versus Sacred Heart and CCSU.

Sophomore Darian Anderson (14.1 ppg) is their top assist man (4.0 apg) as well leads the team in minutes played. He is eighth in the NEC in scoring as well fifth in the NEC in assists. Anderson comes into the game shooting 4 for his 17 shots attempts in his last two games. He had been averaging 18.5 ppg in the four NEC games previously.

Sophomore Stephan Jiggetts (11.3 ppg) is FDU’s third double-digit scorer. He scored a season-high 23 points vs St. Francis Brooklyn. He has double his scoring average from last season. He is one of three FDU players shooting 36% or over from three.

FDU is short of front court players. Potts at 6’6” plays most of his minutes at the four position leaving freshman 6’7” Mike Holloway along with 6’9” freshman Mike Miller and junior transfer from Monmouth Tyrone O’Garro play the bulk of the front court minutes. Holloway has a very good freshman season thus far as their main man in the middle. He is second in scoring among freshman front court players with his 8.6 ppg behind Bryant’s Marcel Pettway.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn defeated Bryant 79-61 last Saturday to go 2-0 on their current three-game road trip. The 18-point victory was their largest margin of victory of the season.

– Trevin Woods scored a career-high 20 points and knocked down six three-pointers.

– Aakim Saintil finished with 16 points and earned his first NEC Player of the Week on Monday.

– The win at Bryant gave LIU consecutive wins for the first time since they started the season winning their first three games.

– LIU has five road wins this season which leads all NEC teams and are the only NEC with at least a .500 win percentage on the road.

– Jerome Frink scored 12 points vs Bryant and is currently riding a 12-game streak of scoring at least 12 points in a game. Frink is currently third in the NEC in scoring (16.8 ppg), second in rebounding (8.8 rpg), fifth in field goal percentage (53.6%) and fourth in blocks (1.59 bpg).

– LIU enters the game against FDU with four players average double figures: Frink, Martin Hermannsson (14.6 ppg), Saintil (13.6 ppg) and Joel Hernandez (10.1 ppg). LIU is the only NEC team currently with four players averaging ten points or more.

KenPom Prediction: FDU, 80-74

Next Game: St. Francis Brooklyn @ LIU Brooklyn – Saturday, January 23th – Hoops for Heroes Day – All civil service and military personnel get free admission to the LIU women’s/men’s basketball doubleheader. It is also the 41st edition of the Battle of Brooklyn between the two Brooklyn rivals. LIU return home for begin a four-game home stand. Tip is schedule for 8pm and the game will air on ESPN3.

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