LIU Gameday Preview – Game 24 – Wagner

Game Info

Opponent: Wagner

Conference: NEC
Current Record: 15-8, 8-4 NEC
Tip: 7:00 pm
Where: Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY

Broadcast: NEC Front Row

 

About the Opponent

Previous Game: Win vs Mount St. Mary’s, 72-51
Last Season’s Record (Overall/Conference): 10-20/8-10
KenPom Rank: 183
Meeting History: 101st all-time meeting. LIU leads series 56-44. LIU defeated Wagner 71-70 earlier this season in Staten Island, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Seahawks. 

High Scorer: Corey Henson, Guard, So., 14.2 ppg

High Rebounder: Michael Carey, Guard, Jr., 9.0 rpg

High Assist man: Corey Henson, Guard, So., 3.2 apg

Starting Probables

Wagner:

G – Corey Henson
G – Dwaun Anderson
G – Michael Carey
F – Henry Brooks
F – Mike Aamen

LIU Brooklyn:

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

Wagner Scouting Report

Wagner currently sits at top of the NEC standings in a three-way tie for first along with Fairleigh Dickinson and Saint Francis U. The Seahawks are winners of three of their last four games. This game begins a four-game road trip for them as they will end their regular season with five of their last six games away from Staten Island.

Wagner is using their strong defensive play to be one of the surprises in the NEC this season. They are second in the NEC in defensive efficiency just behind St. Francis Brooklyn. In NEC games, they are allowing .948 points per possession. Wagner leads the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 63.9 points per game. They are holding team to an NEC-best 40.9 percent shooting.

Wagner is also very strong when it comes to rebounding. They are first in the NEC in rebounding at nearly 40 per game and they also allowing the fewest rebounds to opponent’s of any NEC team with 32.7 rebounds allowed per game.

Also, they are also one of the better turnover rate, steal rate and block rate teams in the nation. There isn’t too much weakness to their game defensively.

Offensively, they have improved over the start of the season. They are close to scoring a point per possession on the offensive end and are hitting nearly 35 percent of their three-point shots. They are scoring 68.7 points per game and are second in the NEC in free throw shooting behind LIU at 71.1 percent.

Sophomore guard Corey Henson (14.2 ppg) is having himself an All-NEC type season. He is currently seventh in the NEC in scoring and is shooting nearly 44 percent from three in 137 attempts from deep this season. He also still leads the team in assists per game (3.2). He is currently on a seven-game stretch in which he has scored in double figures and is coming off a 22-point performance in a win against Mount St. Mary’s last Saturday.

One player who is really coming on for the Seahawks is junior forward Michael Carey (11.7 ppg). The juco transfer has been on fire of late including a pair of 20-plus scoring games recently against Mount St. Mary’s and FDU. Carey had been in double figures in his last eight games and nine double-doubles this season.

Redshirt senior guard Dwaun Anderson (10.5 ppg) has cooled off offensively after a really good start to his season. He has scored in double figures just once in his last seven games. Although he is shooting a career-high 42.7 percent from the field, he is still making about one in every five three-point shots.

Romone Saunders has missed their last seven games due to a bruised hand. He will be a game-time decision. As will Anderson who lacerated his right hand in their win on Saturday against the Mount. Saunders lead the Seahawks with 21 points in the first meeting between the two teams back on January 14th.

Wagner big man Mike Aaman (7.0 ppg) is back in their starting five. He has started the last six games for Bashir Mason’s team. He went scoreless in 13 minutes off the bench against LIU in their first meeting.

What to know about LIU from their last game

– LIU Brooklyn dropped a 98-90 decision at Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon, splitting the season series with the Pioneers.

– LIU has dropped their last two road games after winning their previous three on the road.

– The loss to Sacred Heart was their third straight loss after a win and eighth loss after a win in the last nine games after coming off a victory.

– Martin Hermannsson finished with 25 points. It was his fourth straight game of 20 or more points. He is shooting 50% from the field and 50% from three in his last four games. He is also shooting 83 percent from the free throw line in that span.

– Jerome Frink’s double-digit scoring streak has now reached 18 straight games with 15 points against Sacred Heart last Saturday. He has scored in double-digits in all but two games this season.

– Aakim Saintil finished with his first career double-double as a Blackbird with 23 points and 11 assists in the loss.

KenPom Prediction: Wagner, 72-69

Next Game: LIU Brooklyn @ St. Francis Brooklyn – Monday, February 15th – LIU begins their final road trip of the regular season which will start one mile away at Remsen Street at the Pope Center as LIU takes on the Terriers before wrapping their road trip with games at Robert Morris and Saint Francis U. next week. Tip is scheduled for 1:00pm on President’s Day and the game will be broadcasted nationally on ESPNU.

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