LIU Gameday Preview – Game 21 – Fairleigh Dickinson

Game Info

Opponent: Fairleigh Dickinson

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 10-10, 6-3 NEC
Tip: 3:00 PM (Saturday)
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: NEC Front Row

 

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Win vs Saint Francis U., 86-82
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 8-21/3-15
KenPom Rank: 277
Meeting History: 100th all-time meeting. FDU leads the all-time series 50-49. LIU has lost two games in the series. FDU beat LIU Brooklyn back on January 21st in Hackensack, 101-95. 

High Scorer: Darian Anderson, Guard, So., 15.2 ppg

High Rebounder: Earl Potts, Guard/Forward, So., 5.9 rpg

High Assist man: Darian Anderson, Guard, So., 3.9 apg

Starting Probables

FDU:

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

LIU Brooklyn:

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

FDU Scouting Report

Fairleigh Dickinson continues their surprising run in Northeast Conference play by going 6-3 through the first half and currently tied for second place in the NEC standings along with Wagner and are a game behind NEC leaders, Mount St. Mary’s. Remember, FDU was picked ninth in the NEC preseason men’s basketball poll after finishing 3-15 in the NEC and eight wins overall. FDU has alternated wins and losses in their last four games and are coming off an four-point overtime win at home against Saint Francis U. Thursday night.

FDU defeated LIU Brooklyn nine days ago at the Stratis Arena in Hackensack as LIU squandered a fourteen-point second half lead and allowed 62 second half points to the Knights in a 101-95 loss.

FDU remains the number one in the NEC in terms of scoring offense. They are averaging 77.1 points/game, 3.5 points better than the second-highest scoring offense, LIU Brooklyn. FDU has an offensive efficiency of 1.027 points per possession, the best in the NEC. Their efficiency offensively has only gotten better in conference play as they are scoring 1.119 points per possession and are scoring over 80 points per game. This is coming from a team that is the fifth-least experienced team in the nation according to KenPom.com which makes their play thus far all the more impressive.

In the last meeting, FDU sophomore guard Darian Anderson lit up the Blackbirds with a career-high 32 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Anderson has hurt LIU in two of his three encounters with the Blackbirds. Last season, he also torched LIU for 26 points in a FDU win at the Steinberg Wellness Center. Anderson is averaging 21.7 points/game in three games versus LIU. Look for the LIU defense to make a defensive adjustment on him.

Sophomore guard/forward Earl Potts Jr., had been struggling a bit after a run of six-straight double-digit scoring games but finished with a double-double against Saint Francis U. Thursday night. He has held to a season-low two points in the meeting with LIU after coming into that game as the team’s leading scorer. He is averaging 5.3 points/game versus LIU Brooklyn.

Sophomore point guard Stephan Jiggetts scored 20 points in the win against LIU. He along with Anderson had tremendous second halves in that game.

Another player to watch out for is 6’1” guard Darnell Edge. He has been playing pretty well his last three games including ten points against LIU. He scored a career-high 20 points in his last game. He is shooting nearly 62 percent from the floor the last three games while getting over 20 minutes of playing time.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU stopped a two-game losing streak and a four-game losing streak at the Steinberg Wellness Center Wednesday night with a 92-84 win against Sacred Heart.

– LIU’s Martin Hermannsson become the only player in NCAA Division I this season to score 22 points, grab 8 rebounds, dish out 7 assists, and grab 5 steals and without committing a single turnover. Only two other players in DI this season had at least 20/7/7/5 with at least one turnover.

– Jerome Frink had a strong game with his sixth double-double of the season, 24 points and 14 rebounds, advancing his double-digit scoring streak to now 15 straight games.

– LIU’s 92 points was the most points in a win this season and the second-most points score by them this season (95 vs FDU)

– LIU’s 1.198 points/possession was their highest points per possession mark of the season for them eclipsing the 1.182 points/possession scored against FDU in the first meeting.

– Joel Hernandez with 15 points against Sacred Heart, is now on a four-game double-digit scoring streak and has scored in double figures in nine of his last 12 games.

– Junior guard Iverson Fleming played seven minutes against Sacred Heart, it was first appearance in a game since January 9th, a span of four games in which he was a DNP.

– LIU injuries: Trevon Woods missed his third game in a row with a sprained ankle. Julius van Sauers missed his 14th straight game with his ankle injury.

KenPom Prediction: LIU Brooklyn, 82-79

Next Game: Mount St. Mary’s @ LIU Brooklyn – Thursday, February 4th – The Blackbirds finish off their four-game home stand with the NEC leaders, Mount St. Mary’s, coming into the Steinberg Wellness Center. LIU has lost the last four meetings to the Mountaineers. Tip is scheduled for 7:00pm.

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