LIU Gameday Preview – Game 22 – Mount St. Mary’s

Game Info

Opponent: Mount St. Mary’s

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 10-13, 7-3 NEC
Tip: 7:00 PM
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

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

 

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Loss @ Binghamton, 62-53
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 15-15/11-7
KenPom Rank: 264
Meeting History: 56th all-time meeting. LIU leads series, 29-26. Mount has won the last three meetings.

High Scorer: BK Ashe, Guard, Jr., 14.7 ppg

High Rebounder: Gregory Graves, Forward, Sr., 5.0 rpg

High Assist man: Junior Robinson, Guard, So., 3.5 apg

Starting Probables

LIU Brooklyn:

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

Mount St. Mary’s:

G – Junior Robinson
G – BK Ashe
G – Elijah Long
F – Chris Wray
F – Gregory Graves

Mount St. Mary’s Scouting Report

The Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers come into Brooklyn as one of three teams tied for first-place in the conference standings at 7-3 along with FDU and Wagner. The Mount are coming off a home defeat at the hands of Wagner last Saturday, 73-63, and have not back-to-back games since entering into NEC play.

As we recall, the Mount were picked as the favorites to win it all in the NEC by the NEC coaches as well as by this blog.

The Mount defeated LIU Brooklyn in the NEC opener for both teams back on January 2nd when they meet up in Emmitsburg with Mount winning handily 79-63. In that game, four Mount players finished with double-digits led by BK Ashe’s 16 points. Mount scored 1.065 points per possession while holding LIU to 0.871 points per possession.

Mount Mayhem as they are best known, have been causing mayhem on the defensive end once again this season. They are currently leading the NEC in turnover margin, forcing 5.65 more turnovers per game than they commit. They force an NEC-leading 18.4 turnovers per game, two more than the next best team. They get over eight steals per game. Their 25.8 percent defensive turnover rate is currently second in the nation and 11.5 percent steal rate is 15th in the country.

The second part of Mount Mayhem is their three-point shooting, Mount is currently second in the NEC in three-pointer made per game at 7.3 per contest. They take nearly 22 threes per game which is the most attempts per game in the conference.

Also with the calendar turning to February, this is the month the Mount really like to get things going. Under head coach Jamion Christian, the Mount are 18-8 in the month of February the last three seasons. The Mount though haven’t fared as well away from home. They are 3-10 in road games this season but all three of their road wins have come in NEC play.

The Mount come into NEC at 3-10, losers of four straight, all coming on the road. In fact, Mount has won all three of their home games and lost all ten of their games away from Knott Arena. Under Jamion Christian, the Mount have been a team that plays much better at home than they do on the road. The Mount are 32-9 in three-plus seasons under Christian at home. In the past three season, the Mount have outscored their opponents at home by 5.4 points per game. This season, in their three home games, they have won by a 16.6 points per game margin.

Junior guard BK Ashe continues to led the Mount in scoring at 14.7 points per game which puts him sixth in the NEC. His back court mate, sophomore point guard Junior Robinson is second on the team at 10.9 points per game. Ashe will take about 13 shots per game with over five of them coming from three where he is just a 30 percent shooter. Robinson will take at least nine shots per game, taking about four threes per game where he is nearly a 40 percent shooter.

Jamion Christian usually goes about nine players deep with the majority of his guys getting between 18 and 29 minutes per game.

Other impact guys that could likely play a key factor are senior big man Taylor Danaher, senior forward Gregory Graves, sophomore guard Charles Glover, three-point specialist Will Miller, and sophomore forward Chris Wray who had several highlight plays already this season.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn lost a tough one at the Steinberg Wellness Center Saturday afternoon, falling to Fairleigh Dickinson, 88-85 to drop them to 4-6 in NEC play and 10-11 overall.

– Martin Hermannsson was named NEC co-player of the week after averaging 21.5 points, 7.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals in two games last week including 21 points in a losing effort against FDU.

– Jerome Frink collected his second straight double-double and sixth overall this season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to FDU. Frink is tied with SFU’s Ronnie Drinnon coming into the game for the league lead in rebounding at 9 boards per game.

– Trevin Woods is coming off a nice game. He scored 17 points, made three threes along with a block and steal.

– LIU comes into the game as the NEC’s second-highest scoring team, averaging 74.2 points per game but they are seventh in the NEC in scoring defense, allowing teams to score 76 points per game.

– LIU is the best free throw shooting team in the NEC, making 73.4 percent of their free throw attempts.

– LIU is currently 1-2 on this current four-game home stand and are just 3-5 at the Steinberg Wellness Center this season.

KenPom Prediction: Mount St. Mary’s, 73-72

Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ Sacred Heart – Saturday, February 6 – The Blackbirds return to the road as they take a short bus ride up to Fairfield, CT to take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers for a 3:30pm tip. The game will be shown on necfrontrow.com.

Comments

  1. Hi Nelson – love reading your blog! As an ardent Mount St. Mary’s fan, I am truly scared to death of tonight’s game. Traditionally, we have not fared particularly well up there, and I fear that the team may be looking a bit ahead to the Wagner re-match this Saturday. The Mount needs to step it up particularly on the defensive end. Should be an interesting matchup, and I would not be surprised at the outcome either way…

    • Go Blackbirds!

    • You’re right, for some reason, Mount doesn’t particularly play well at LIU. Last year they did win at LIU but that game was Barclays Center and not on campus. LIU should have still won that game, they blew a big second half lead. I think coming off of that Wagner loss on Saturday, I don’t see Mount overlooking LIU with the Wagner rematch coming on Saturday. I think they know, if they want to stay on pace at the top, they need to win both games on the road this weekend.

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