LIU Gameday Preview – NEC Tournament Semifinals – Wagner

Opponent: Wagner

Record: 21-9, 13-5 NEC – 1-seed
Tip: 4:00 PM
Where: Spiro Sports Center – Staten Island, NY

Broadcast: MSG+, FCS, NEC Front Row
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/wagner/mbball/

About the Opponent

Meetings this season: Jan. 14 – LIU Brooklyn 71 Wagner 70; Feb. 11 – Wagner 69 LIU Brooklyn 82
KenPom Rank: 165
Meeting History: 102nd all-time meeting. LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 57-44. Sixth NEC tournament meeting. Last meeting: 2013, #3 LIU Brooklyn 94 #2 Wagner 82.

High Scorer: Corey Henson, Guard, So., 13.4 ppg

High Rebounder: Michael Carey, Forward, Jr., 9.3 rpg

High Assist man: Corey Henson, Guard, So., 3.0 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 – Romone Saunders
G – Michael Carey
F – Mike Aaman

Wagner Scouting Report

Wagner finished the regular season as the number one seeded team in the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks went 20-9 overall and finished 13-5 in the NEC to earn the top seed.

The Seahawks advanced to the NEC tournament semifinals after a 59-50 victory over Robert Morris on Wednesday night in the NEC tournament quarterfinals. Wagner comes in winners of their last six straight games and have not lost a game since losing to LIU Brooklyn back in Brooklyn on February 11th.

Wagner is the top defensive team in the NEC this season, finishing first in scoring defense, holding opponents to 63.6 points per game. They held team to 40.6 percent shooting this season which was also tops in the NEC. Teams shot just 32.6 percent from three and 44.2 percent from two. They also forced a turnover in 21.1 percent of opponents’ possessions.

The Seahawks also dominated teams on the boards this season with a +7.3 rebounding margin, far and away the top rebounding margin in the conference. They grab 14 offensive rebounds per game which equates to them grabbing 37.2 percent of their own misses.

Two of Wagner starters were named to the All-NEC second team in sophomore guard Corey Henson and junior guard Michael Carey. Both players finished one-two on the team in scoring.

Henson increased his scoring average to 13.4 points per game and nearly doubled his total assists from his freshman year. Henson shot 42.5 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from three so far this season while shooting 81.3 percent from the charity stripe.

Carey averaged nearly a double-double this season with 11.9 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. He collected thirteen double-doubles this season. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the foul line.

Redshirt senior guard Dwaun Anderson was the third Seahawks to average in double figure this season. He is currently averaging exactly 10 points per game. He is making 43.5 percent of his shots.

Wagner is exceptionally deep at guard. Along with Henson, Carey and Anderson, they have good players such as Romone Saunders (9.2 ppg, 43.2 FG%) and JoJo Cooper (3.7 ppg, 28.85 FG%).

Redshirt Senior Mike Aaman (8.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg) along with Henry Brooks (5.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg) anchors the front court.

How did LIU Brooklyn get here

  • LIU Brooklyn defeated 3-seeded Sacred Heart in the NEC Tournament Quarterfinals Wednesday night, 84-76.
  • It was LIU’s first NEC tournament win since winning their third of three straight NEC tournament championships in 2013.
  • LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri is now 4-1 in NEC Tournament games as a head coach.
  • Joel Hernandez led LIU with 22 points and 7 rebounds on 10 of 19 shooting.
  • Iverson Fleming sparked LIU off the bench with a season-high 18 points on 6 of 7 shooting including 3 for 3 from downtown.
  • Glenn Feidanga was also a key spark off the bench with a season-high 10 points in 23 minutes of action.
  • LIU’s big three of Martin Hermannsson, Jerome Frink and Aakim Saintil were held to 30 combined points. Frink was held to 10 points in 22 minutes due to foul trouble.
  • LIU shot 54.8 percent from the field and scored 54 points in the paint.
  • LIU Brooklyn’s bench out scored Sacred Heart’s bench, 30-6. The 30 points were the most scored by LIU’s bench this season.
  • LIU has now won three of their last four games and five of their last seven games.

Bonus: Here is a video of LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri talking about LIU’s win at Sacred Heart and previewing LIU’s game against Wagner on Saturday.

KenPom Prediction: Wagner, 77-67

Comments

  1. Michael Randazzo says:

    How do you account for LIU taking two games from Wagner this season and basically blowing them out last time they met? Not sure if Blackbirds can do the trick a third straight time – but if they get 18 from Iverson again ANYthing is possible…

    • We all know beating a team three times in one season is no easy feat especially the best team in the NEC this season. I don’t think they are banking on another 18 points from Fleming but they definitely going to need more than 32 combined points from their starters not named Joel Hernandez that was scored against Sacred Heart. LIU’s starting five are going to play an A-level game on both ends and try and stay out of foul trouble and get them in foul trouble if they want to make it to Tuesday night.

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