Opponent: Sacred Heart
This season’s record: 8-13, 3-5 NEC Recent Game: Loss vs St. Francis Brooklyn
Head Coach: Anthony Latina (4th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 317
Location: William H. Pitt Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Online: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: http://www.sacredheartpioneers.com/sports/m-baskbl/2016-17/boxscores/20170126_3tbu.xml
33rd all-time meeting.
LIU Brooklyn leads the all-time series 21-11. LIU Brooklyn took two out of the three meetings last season including a win over Sacred Heart in the NEC quarterfinals at the Pitt Center.
Who to watch on the other side
Quincy McKnight – 6’1” sophomore guard
McKnight is currently the second leading scorer in the NEC behind Bryant’s Nisre Zouzoua at 19.7 points per game. Coming into this week’s games, McKnight leads the NEC in total points score this season with 413. He also leads the NEC in field goals made (144), field goals attempted (324), free throws made and attempted as well as turnovers. His 44-point game in their win vs Bryant on January 14th was the most by an NEC player this season. Prior to the 8-point game vs Wagner last Saturday, SHU’s Quincy McKnight was averaging 26.2 ppg over his prior five games.
What you need to know
LIU Brooklyn had their six-game win streak snapped at FDU on Saturday with an 83-66 loss.
LIU redshirt senior Jerome Frink is coming off 20 points, 10 rebounds performance at FDU which resulted in his ninth double-double of the season.
Sacred Heart is on a two-game losing streak with losses at home to Mount St. Mary’s and Wagner last week.
SHU junior forward Joseph Lopez has scored in double figures in his last four games and is second on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg and leads SHU in rebounding at 8.8 rpg.
LIU senior guard Iverson Fleming is coming off his first scoreless game of the season. He had gone 16 straight games with at least 10 or more points.
Kenpom has LIU Brooklyn ranked 12th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 37.6 percent. On the opposite end, SHU is ranked 55th in offensive rebounding percentage allowed at 26.3 percent.
What does KenPom say
Win Probability: 52%
Predicted final score: 75-74, LIU Brooklyn
LIU’s next game
LIU Brooklyn completes their three-game road trip as they head further north into Connecticut towards New Britain to take on Central Connecticut State on Saturday, January 28th. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 pm.