Nickname: Purple Eagles
This season’s record: 3-9, Recent Game: Loss at St. Bonaventure
Head Coach: Chris Casey (4th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 265
15th all-time meeting.
Niagara leads the all-time series 8-6. LIU Brooklyn won their previous meeting last season at Niagara, 80-79 in overtime.
Who to watch on the other side
Matt Scott, 6’4” junior guard
The Brooklyn native Matt Scott currently leads the Purple Eagles in both scoring (17.0 PPG) and rebounding (6.9 RPG) and is just behind teammate Kahlil Dukes in assists (3.2 APG). Scott went off for a season-high 30 points against Rutgers earlier this season. He scored 22 points last season against LIU and also pulled down nine rebounds in that game. He has gone for 20 or more points five times in 12 games played this season.
What you need to know
LIU Brooklyn suffered their worst loss of the season on Sunday afternoon as they fall to previously winless Dartmouth at the Steinberg Wellness Center 82-68.
After a 6-1 start to their season, LIU is 1-4 in their last five games.
In LIU’s first seven games, the Blackbirds were scoring 74 PPG. In their last five games, LIU’s scoring has dipped to 68.6 PPG.
Nura Zanna enters the game with three straight double-doubles and five double-doubles overall. He pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds against Dartmouth.
Jerome Frink continues to lead LIU in both scoring (17.3 PPG) and rebounding (8.0 RPG). He had scored in double figures in all 12 games played this season. He is shooting close to 50 percent on the season.
A win by LIU against Niagara would give LIU their best non-conference record entering NEC play since 2010-11 when they 8-3.
LIU brings in a five-game winning at Barclays Center into the matchup against Niagara.
What does KenPom say
Win Probability: 60%
Predicted final score: 73-70, LIU Brooklyn
LIU’s next game
LIU Brooklyn puts non-conference play behind them and enters into NEC play as the Blackbirds host Mount St. Mary’s in the NEC opener at the Steinberg Wellness Center on Thursday, December 29. The game is a 4:30 pm tip and can be seen on NEC Front Row.