Opponent: Mount St. Mary’s
This season’s record: 2-11, Recent Game: Loss at St. Bonaventure
Head Coach: Jamion Christian (5th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 253
58th all-time meeting.
LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 30-27. Last season, the two teams split the season series with both teams winning at home.
Who to watch on the other side
Junior Robinson, 5’5” junior guard
Junior Robinson has been an LIU killer during his first two seasons at the Mount. He is currently second on the team in scoring 12.3 PPG and leads them in free throw shooting percentage at 92.9%. In four meetings against LIU Brooklyn, Robinson averaged 12.2 PPG and is 3-1 against LIU. In LIU’s last meeting versus Mount, Robinson finished with 20 points. Robinson has finished in double digits in five straight games and six of his last seven. He went for a season-high 21 points at Michigan back in November.
What you need to know
The Blackbirds are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season as LIU has dropped their last three games and are just 1-5 in the month of December after a 6-1 November. The lone win being the upset win against St. John’s.
For the second season in a row, LIU and Mount St. Mary’s will meet in the NEC opener. Last season, LIU lost at Mount 79-63 in the NEC opener. Jerome Frink scored 16 for LIU while Mount had five scorers finish with 13 points in a balanced scoring attack.
LIU comes into NEC play second in the conference in offensive rebounding percentage as they get back over 34 percent of their missed shots.
Although LIU has struggled from three-point range over their last two games (5 for their last 26 attempts), the Blackbirds are still shooting close to 35% from deep.
Freshman Jashaun Agosto is coming off his best game since his career-high game vs Incarnate Word back on December 3rd after finishing with 14 points against Niagara.
Nura Zanna has scored 10 or more points in each of his last four games with three double-doubles.
Jerome Frink has scored in double figures in all 13 LIU games this season. He is coming off his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds versus Niagara.
What does KenPom say
Win Probability: 55%
Predicted final score: 71-69, LIU Brooklyn
LIU’s next game
LIU Brooklyn finishes off their four-game homestand as they welcome Bryant to the Steinberg Wellness Center for a New Year’s Eve afternoon tilt on Saturday, December 31st at 4:30 pm after the LIU Brooklyn women’s basketball game against Bryant at 2 pm.