2016-17 LIU Gameday Opponent Notes – Game 24 – Robert Morris

Opponent Info

Opponent: Robert Morris
Nickname: Colonials
Conference: NEC
This season’s record: 7-16, 3-7 NEC Recent Game: Loss at Saint Francis U.
Head Coach: Andy Toole (7th season)
Current KenPom ranking: 286

Game Information

Location: Steinberg Wellness Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Online: NEC Front Row (Ray Martel – pbp, Mike Kerr – color)
Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/liubrooklyn/mbball/

Series History

74th all-time meeting.

Robert Morris leads the all-time series 42-31. LIU Brooklyn won the first meeting between the two teams at RMU back on January 5th, 65-54.

Who to watch on the other side

Kavon Stewart – 6’0” Senior Guard

Stewart enters the game second on RMU’s roster in scoring at 11.5 ppg and leads the team in assists at 3.7 apg which ranks him fifth in the NEC. Stewart missed the first meeting between LIU and RMU as he was suspended for the game for a violation of team rules. In the two meetings versus LIU last season, he averaged 11 ppg and 7 apg in two losses to the Blackbirds. Over his last four games, Stewart is averaging 15.2 ppg and 4.5 apg. Stewart recently dropped a season-high 21 points against CCSU.

What you need to know

LIU Brooklyn split their two games last week against Sacred Heart and CCSU on the road. LIU defeated Sacred Heart 60-57 behind 22 points from Iverson Fleming and LIU then lost to last-place CCSU on Saturday 61-52. The 52 points scored was the lowest offensive output by LIU this season.

Jerome Frink who continues to lead LIU in scoring and rebounding at 17 ppg and 9.4 rpg, captured his 26th straight double-digit scoring game and his team-tying eleventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds versus CCSU.

Entering tonight, Robert Morris has lost three straight games and five of their last six games, although three of the last four losses have been by three points or less and their last loss came in overtime at SFU.

RMU’s Kavon Stewart is in the top 75 in the nation in steal rate (52nd) just a shade under 30 percent.

After a solid and consistent six weeks of probably his best basketball at LIU, Nura Zanna has struggled to regain that form over the last two weeks as he is averaging just 6 points and 6.25 rebounds per game over his last four games.

LIU Brooklyn has won four straight at home since the NEC opener loss to Mount St. Mary’s at the buzzer.

Kenpom has LIU ranked 12th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage as LIU had grab 37.6 percent of the misses vs D1 competition this season.

LIU is second in the NEC in scoring defense at 63.1 ppg allowed in NEC play. Robert Morris is fourth at 66.4 ppg allowed.

What does KenPom say

Win Probability: 67%

Predicted final score: 65-60, LIU Brooklyn

LIU’s next game

LIU Brooklyn plays host to Saint Francis U. at the Steinberg Wellness Center on Saturday, February 4th. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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