Opponent: Saint Francis U.
Nickname: Red Flash
This season’s record: 5-9, 2-1 NEC Recent Game: Win vs St. Francis Brooklyn
Head Coach: Rob Krimmel (5th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 289
72nd all-time meeting.
LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 36-35. The two teams split last season’s meetings with the road teams getting the wins.
Who to watch on the other side
Keith Braxton – 6’1” freshman guard
Braxton is slowly starting to pull away from the freshman pack to become the current frontrunner for NEC Rookie of the Year. He is third among NEC freshman in scoring at 11.8 PPG and first in rebounding by a mile at 8.4 RPG. He is also among freshman in steal per game at 1.5. He is 16 for 29 from the floor in NEC play through his first three games and has knocked down 5 of 8 from three.
What you need to know
LIU Brooklyn won their second straight game and got their first NEC road win of the season as the Blackbirds defeated Robert Morris 65-54 Thursday night.
Jerome Frink and Nura Zanna both got double-doubles against RMU. Frink collected his sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Zanna finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds off the bench to get his seventh double-double this season.
The 54 points allowed to RMU was a season’s best against DI competition. LIU surrendered 40 points to D3 John Jay in the season opener.
Iverson Fleming has struggled with his shot during the first three games of NEC play. He is just 12 for 41 (29.2%) from the floor and 3 of 10 (30%) from three.
SFU Sophomore forward Josh Nebo blocked a season-high five shots vs St. Francis Brooklyn in a blowout win on Thursday night.
What does KenPom say
Win Probability: 42%
Predicted final score: 73-71, Saint Francis U.
LIU’s next game
The Blackbirds return to Brooklyn to begin a three-game homestand as they welcome Central Connecticut State to the Steinberg Wellness Center on Thursday, January 12th. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.