Finally, we have entered the dog days of summer and we are just a few days away from July 1st which is the beginning of 2016-17 NCAA calendar.
For most, this time of the year is about the beaches and pools, amusement parks, summer travel, pretty much doing anything that takes our minds off the cold snap of another winter gone by.
For the rest of us, the tracking of college basketball games for next season really gets going and that includes the summer-long tracking of next season’s LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball schedule.
Right now, all that is publicly known so far is LIU Brooklyn will face St. John’s at the Barclays Center on Sunday, December 11th as part of the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival doubleheader along with Kentucky vs. Hofstra which was announced in early May.
Last season was the first season in which LIU didn’t participate in one of the Brooklyn Hoops events at Barclays Center since the arena opened in 2012. This game will likely be considered a home game for LIU and as such will be designated as the home team.
Also last week, we learned via the University of Incarnate Word’s release of their 2016-17 men’s basketball non-conference schedule, LIU will play UIW on the road on Saturday, December 3rd in a return game of a home-and-home series started last season in which the two schools met for the first time ever.
With a trip to Texas now assured, I would guess LIU will possibly play a pair of games in the Lone Star state or play a game in one of the neighboring states either before or after the Incarnate Word game.
Yet, there is also a few other back end of home-and-home agreements that more than likely be completed this upcoming season.
Among them are possible return trips to Brooklyn by Loyola (Md.), Dartmouth and Niagara, all teams LIU played on the road last season. Some road return trips for LIU could possibly include visits to UMass Lowell, and North Carolina Central, who were both part of LIU’s non-conference home schedule last season. If this is all indeed the case, that means they already have seven non-conference games locked up.
Another thing we don’t know yet is if LIU will participate in a multi-team exempt (MTE) event next season. LIU did not participate in one last season but had played in one in each of their previous four seasons before that. My guess is that they will look to get involved in one next season which would consume four games of their non-conference schedule.
Another thing to look at is who else besides St. John’s will LIU play at Barclays next season? LIU could have one or two more games lined up for home away from home on Flatbush and Atlantic Aves. If LIU can bring in a Power 5 (likely a pipe dream), Atlantic 10 or another Big East opponent (much more possible) to play them there, there are really going to have something cooking in terms of non-conference strength of schedule. They could also end up playing one of their return games or starting a home-and-home series against another mid-major team there as well if they can’t get a more attractive option.
Also, I would expect to see a few more local teams on the schedule in addition to St. John’s. Between Columbia, St. Peter’s and NJIT, it seems due for at least one of these teams to reappear on LIU’s schedule although obviously there is no certainty that will be the case.
With just two games tracked so far, we are a long ways away from getting a full picture of what the actual schedule will look like when it is released in either late summer or early fall. Yet, I will have our eyes on it here in our 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn schedule tracker and I will continue updating it all summer long as dates and opponents are released. Also, I will keeping tabs on the 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball schedule as well on that same page.