A look at the 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball schedule

The LIU Brooklyn 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule was officially released last Thursday in what was a bit of a surprise since usually their schedule typically gets released sometime after Labor Day but this year we were given a bit of a curveball with a pre-Labor Day, September 1 release.

Here is what the 2016-17 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball non-conference schedule looks like:

November 11 (Friday) – vs John Jay College

Conference Affiliation: City University of New York (CUNY) Athletic
2015-16 record (conference record): 3-22 (2-14)
Final RPI: N/A
Final Kenpom Ranking: N/A
Last Meeting (result): 1984-85 (89-66, W)

November 16 (Wednesday) – vs Loyola (MD) (@ Barclays Center)

Conference Affiliation: Patriot League
2015-16 record (conference record): 9-21 (8-10)
Final RPI: 257
Final Kenpom Ranking: 286
Last Meeting (result): 2015-16 (71-68, L)


November 19 (Saturday) – vs Northeastern (@ Boston University)

Conference Affiliation: Colonial Athletic Association
2015-16 record (conference record): 18-15 (9-9)
Final RPI: 114
Final Kenpom Ranking: 130
Last Meeting (result): 1988-89 (83-68, L)


November 20 (Sunday) – @ Boston University

Conference Affiliation: Patriot League
2015-16 record (conference record): 19-15 (11-7)
Final RPI: 185
Final Kenpom Ranking: 216
Last Meeting (result): 2013-14 (72-57, L)


November 21 (Monday) –  vs Maine (@ Boston U.)

Conference Affiliation: America East
2015-16 record (conference record): 8-22 (4-12)
Final RPI: 314
Final Kenpom Ranking: 334
Last Meeting (result): 2013-14 (83-70, W)


November 26 (Saturday) –  @ UMass Lowell

Conference Affiliation: America East
2015-16 record (conference record): 11-18 (7-9)
Final RPI: 255
Final Kenpom Ranking: 308
Last Meeting (result): 2015-16 (84-72, W)


November 30 (Wednesday) – @ Hartford

Conference Affiliation: America East
2015-16 record (conference record): 10-23 (4-12)
Final RPI: 292
Final Kenpom Ranking: 314
Last Meeting (result): 2007-08 (86-62, W)


December 3 (Saturday) – @ Incarnate Word 

Conference Affiliation: Southland
2015-16 record (conference record): 17-12 (12-6)
Final RPI: 166
Final Kenpom Ranking: 233
Last Meeting (result): 2015-16 (66-59, W)

December 6 (Tuesday) – @ North Carolina Central 

Conference Affiliation: Mid-Eastern Athletic
2015-16 record (conference record): 13-19 (7-9)
Final RPI: 315
Final Kenpom Ranking: 296
Last Meeting (result): 2015-16 (78-77, W)


December 11 (Sunday) – St. John’s (@ Barclays Center)

Conference Affiliation: Big East
2015-16 record (conference record): 8-24 (1-17)
Final RPI: 245
Final Kenpom Ranking: 222
Last Meeting (result): 2014-15 (66-53, L)


December 14 (Wednesday) – @ Minnesota

Conference Affiliation: Big Ten
2015-16 record (conference record): 8-23 (2-16)
Final RPI: 264
Final Kenpom Ranking: 223
Last Meeting (result): 2006-07 (70-54, L)


December 18 (Sunday) – Dartmouth

Conference Affiliation: Ivy League
2015-16 record (conference record): 10-18 (4-10)
Final RPI: 281
Final Kenpom Ranking: 228
Last Meeting (result): 2015-16 (79-56, L)


Niagara Purple Eagles (2001 - Pres)December 21 (Wednesday) – Niagara (@ Barclays Center)

Conference Affiliation: Metro Atlantic Athletic
2015-16 record (conference record): 7-25 (5-15)
Final RPI: 318
Final Kenpom Ranking: 324
Last Meeting (result): 2015-16 (80-79, W)

Non-Conference Schedule Takeaways:

– LIU Brooklyn will play 13 non-conference games in 2016-17, something they haven’t done since the 2013-14 season.

– LIU will participate in their first multi-team event (MTE) tournament since 2013-14 as they will take part in the Steve Wright Classic at Boston University, November 19, 20, and 21.

– Seven of their thirteen non-conference opponents are teams LIU played against last season (Loyola (MD), Maine,  UMass Lowell, Incarnate Word, North Carolina Central, Dartmouth and Niagara). LIU went 6-1 against these teams last season.

– LIU Brooklyn will play five home games in non-conference action but three of those five games will be at the Barclays Center against Loyola (MD), St. John’s and Niagara. LIU enters their final year of their initial five-year agreement with the Barclays Center. This set of Barclays Center games is a huge improvement in terms of opponents than what LIU had been playing at Barclays over the last two seasons.

– The Barclays Center game against St. John’s is a doubleheader which includes the University of Kentucky going against Hofstra. I advise if you’re planning on going to Barclays for this game or for both games, get your tickets now or as soon as possible. The home game against St. John’s is just LIU’s second ever home game against St. John’s in what will be fourteen meetings. LIU hosted the first meeting between the two teams all the way back in 1930-31.

– John Jay will be LIU’s first non-Division I opponent since they played Division III Old Westbury back in the 2006-07 season. John Jay was suppose to open LIU’s season last season but that game was cancelled due to a scheduling error but they are on the schedule for this upcoming season.

– LIU will also play seven road games and two neutral site games in the non-conference. They will play three straight games against America East opponents in Maine, UMass Lowell and Hartford between November 21 and November 30.

– LIU will play just one Power Five conference team in Minnesota out of the Big Ten Conference. LIU has played at Minnesota in their last two previous meetings.

– After their first two games of the season being played in Brooklyn, LIU will play away from Brooklyn for seven straight games before playing three of their last four non-conference games back in Brooklyn before NEC play.

– The average 2015-16 final RPI of LIU’s twelve 2016-17 Division I opponents is 250. The average 2015-16 final Kenpom ranking of LIU’s twelve 2016-17 Division I opponents is 259.

Here is LIU’s 2016-17 schedule (home games in BOLD):

Mount St. Mary’s – Thursday, December 29, 2016 
Bryant – Saturday, December 31, 2016
@ Robert Morris – Thursday, January 5, 2017
@ Saint Francis U. – Saturday, January 7, 2017
Central Connecticut – Thursday, January 12, 2017
St. Francis Brooklyn – Saturday, January 14, 2017
Wagner – Thursday, January 19, 2017
@ Fairleigh Dickinson – Saturday, January 21, 2017
@ Sacred Heart – Thursday, January 26, 2017
@ Central Connecticut – Saturday, January 28, 2017
Robert Morris – Thursday, February 2, 2017
Saint Francis U. – Saturday, February 4, 2017
@ Bryant – Thursday, February 9, 2017
Fairleigh Dickinson – Saturday, February 11, 2017
@ St. Francis Brooklyn – Thursday, February 16, 2017
Sacred Heart – Saturday, February 18, 2017
@ Mount St. Mary’s – Thursday, February 23, 2017
@ Wagner –  Saturday, February 25, 2017

NEC Schedule Takeaways:

– The NEC season begins on December 29th. It is the first time since the NEC went to a ten-team league back in 2013 that the NEC season started in December. There will also be a slate of game on December 31st, New Year’s Eve. The NEC schedule also features nine normal Thursday/Saturday weeks of games, although that could change once the NEC’s television schedule is released.

– LIU Brooklyn will start NEC play with five of their first seven games at home so the Blackbirds will have a good opportunity to get off to a nice start in conference play.

– The final week of NEC play looks to be the toughest for LIU with road games at Mount St. Mary’s and then at Wagner. Two traditionally tough games on the road and having to travel from Brooklyn to Emmitsburg, MD to Staten Island on the final weekend of conference play will make it a tough challenge for the Blackbirds.

– St. Francis Brooklyn will host the 2017 edition of the Battle of Brooklyn on Thursday, February 16th at the Pope Center.

– LIU will get their first look at Wagner who eliminated them for the 2016 NEC Tournament at home on January 19th. They will play defending NEC tournament champs FDU for the first time on the road two days later on January 21st.


  1. Michael Hernandez'71 says:

    A good and competative ooc schedule. Teams that are like us. Not too much travel out of the northeast and mid-Atlantic region. The power five game is against a weak Minnesota team (last year), but it’s still a power five team on their turf.
    Hopefully, they’ll renew the contract with Barclays. Attendance is an issue. Maybe late afternoon (LIU) and night doubleheaders with the Nets, which provides a great recruiting tool. More importantly, in addition to St. Francis College, Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson, playing games against New York and metropolitan area colleges is imperative. Unfortunately for other schools in the area, they’ve got to reciprocate in play location and, to them; a loss is a bad loss and an adverse effect on the good ol’ RPI.

    • Thanks for the comment as always Michael.

      I believe this was a pretty decent schedule put together by LIU for this upcoming season. Six of the thirteen games were return games plus the three games from the MTE they are playing up in Boston, so they really only had to worry about scheduling four games and if you also count that John Jay game that you have to figure was postponed until this season, then they really just had to worry about scheduling three games which they ended up with St. John’s, Minnesota and Hartford.

      Those three games in Boston in three days won’t be easy. Last time LIU played three games in three days, they went 0-3 a few years ago but this should be a better team then that one was back in 2013-14.

      As far as the Barclays Center goes, I hope they renew an agreement with them. Even though the last couple of seasons, LIU has scheduled some lackluster opponents over there, I think landing St. John’s to play them there this season is big. Also, Loyola (Md) and Niagara I feel are better quality opponents then the Incarnate Words and NC Centrals they play over there last season. Without having that Barclays Center agreement the last five years, there would have been pretty much no shot LIU gets teams like Temple, Seton Hall, FIU, St. John’s to come to Brooklyn to play them. These are the kind of games and opponents you like to see LIU play pretty much at home even if LIU has a small chance of winning, at least they are stepping it up and fans in Brooklyn can get to watch they play a name opponent. I hope and believe that relationship will continue and we will continue to watch them play over there for the next few years to come.

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