LIU Brooklyn will face St. John’s at Barclays Center next season

Today, we got our first known date and opponent for the 2016-17 season for LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball.

CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein tweeted out the following out Monday morning:

LIU Brooklyn last faced St. John’s in LIU’s season opener of the 2014-15 season at Carnesecca Arena, the campus home of St. John’s.

But this will likely be considered a home game for LIU Brooklyn since obviously Barclays Center is four blocks from the LIU Brooklyn campus and this game will likely be one of LIU’s Barclays Center home games for next season. LIU played just two home games at Barclays Center last season. They have played as many as four home games there in past seasons. Next season would be their fifth season using Barclays Center as their secondary home court.

If this is indeed considered a home game for LIU, it would be just the second time LIU will host St. John’s. The only time it has ever happened was in their first ever meeting back in the 1930-31 season, a 38-27 LIU loss.

This matchup next season would mark the 14th meeting between the two teams. St. John’s has won the last five meetings, all at Carnesecca Arena. In fact, the last seven meetings between LIU and St. John’s have been at Carnesecca Arena in which LIU has gone 1-6 with that one win being the memorable upset of St. John’s to open the 1996-97 season in which the Charles Jones-Richie Parker-Mike Campbell led LIU team which went on win the NEC championship that season stunned the Zendon Hamilton-Felipe Lopez-Tarik Turner led St. John’s team 76-73 in Fran Fraschilla first game as Red Storm head coach and ended up finishing 13-15.

Rothstein reports this game will take on Sunday, December 11th and will be part of a doubleheader with the always powerful Kentucky Wildcats facing off against Hofstra in the other game of the doubleheader.

St. John’s had a rough 2015-16 season under first-year head coach in St. John’s alum and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. They were 8-27 this past season and 1-17 in the Big East with a very young, inexperienced roster. They finished 222nd in the Kenpom rankings and finished with an RPI of 245. But they will likely be much improved next season with a year of experience for their young group plus the additions of Marcus LoVett (ineligible last season) and Tariq Owens (transfer from Tennessee) along with the addition of four-star recruit Shamorie Ponds from Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn.

Also on Monday, LIU Brooklyn officially announced the additions of freshman guards Ashtyn Bradley and Julian Batts.

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