Opponent: Incarnate Word
This season’s record: 2-3, Recent Game: Loss at Texas Tech
Head Coach: Ken Burmeister (11th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 288
2nd all-time meeting.
LIU leads the series 1-0. LIU won the only between the two teams last season at the Barclays Center 66-59.
Who to watch on the other side
Shawn Johnson – 6’5″ Junior Guard
Johnson is off to a terrific start to his season leading UIW in both scoring and rebound, averaging 19.6 ppg and 9.0 rpg. Johnson’s early shooting numbers are insane as he is shooting 61.1 percent from the floor and 53.6 percent from three in 28 attempts. Went for 24 points at Texas to start the season and 28 points in a loss to Rice. He is coming off his lowest-scoring outing of the season with 8 points in a loss at Texas Tech.
What you need to know
LIU is 6-1 and off to their best start to a season since 1971. A win against Incarnate Word would also match the 7-1 start by the 1971-72 LIU team.
LIU held a strong charge by Hartford Wednesday night in winning 75-68. LIU nearly gave away all of a 23-point first half lead and a 22-point halftime lead.
Senior Jerome Frink has turned it on offensively over the last two games averaging 27.5 points per game.
Sophomore Raul Frias is coming off a career-high 14 points against Hartford Wednesday night. His previous career high was 5 which he has done twice this season.
LIU currently has three players averaging double figures in Frink (18 ppg), Fleming (12.3 ppg) and Agosto (10.7 ppg)
This is Texas homecoming for two LIU players. Redshirt freshman Mitchell McMullen hails from near San Antonio where the game is being played and freshman Ashtyn Bradley is from Fresno, Texas.
What does KenPom say
Win Probability: 38%
Predicted final score: 75-72, Incarnate Word
LIU’s next game
LIU will finish off their seven-game road trip as their head to Durham, North Carolina to play the return game of the home-and-home series with North Carolina Central on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00pm. The game will be streamed live (for a fee) on the NCCU Sports Network at www.nccueaglepride.com.