Another Northeast snow storm plays havoc to LIU’s and NEC’s schedules

It seems like this winter just doesn’t want to go away as the Northeast once again gets pounded with another major snow storm. This time, the storm has caused havoc to tonight’s NEC men’s basketball schedule.

First of all, tonight’s LIU Brooklyn-Sacred Heart game has been postponed. The game will now be made up on Tuesday, February 25th at 7pm.

So what does this mean for LIU Brooklyn?

It means LIU is now currently on their longest break between games since the start of the conference season as they will go eight days between games. LIU’s next game is now on Sunday, February 16 at 4pm at the Barclays Center for the Battle of Brooklyn game against St. Francis Brooklyn.

This postponement changes LIU’s final six game schedule in a couple of ways. Now their game on Sunday becomes their final game of a now three-game homestand before then going on the road for what is now a three-game road trip instead of just a two-game trip to play the Pennsylvania schools next week. The postponed Sacred Heart game will be the third and final game of the road trip as well their final road game of the regular season.

Also with moving the Sacred Heart game to Tuesday, February 25, LIU Brooklyn will now have to play their last three regular season games in a five day span. As we all know, LIU is now in a fight for the eighth-seed as they currently sit in ninth place one game behind current eighth-place holder Central Connecticut State.

As for the rest of tonight’s NEC men’s basketball schedule, all but the Robert Morris-Saint Francis (PA) game has been postponed. The CCSU-St. Francis Brooklyn game has been postponed to Tuesday, Februaury 18 at 7pm. The Wagner-FDU game has been postponed to Monday, February 24 at 7pm. Finally, the Bryant-Mount St. Mary’s game has been postponed with the makeup date yet to be determined. RMU-SFU game is still scheduled to be played tonight at 7pm.

The 2013-14 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds’ MBB Schedule: NEC Team-by-Team Opponent Breakdown

January 9, 2014 – at St. Francis Brooklyn (Pope Physical Ed. Center – Brooklyn Heights, NY; 7pm)
February 16, 2014 – ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN (Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY; 2pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 12-18 (8-10 NEC)/8th
’12-13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 204/220

Outlook: Two seasons ago, St. Francis Brooklyn finished the NEC with a 12-6 record and looked like a team on the rise in the NEC. But last season, they took a step back. They had to win their final game of the season just to get into the NEC tournament as an 8-seed. They return All-NEC second teamer junior forward Jalen Cannon (14.7 ppg/8.8 rpg) who will be among the candidates for NEC Player of the Year. Junior guard Ben Mockford also returns as the Terriers’ top three-point threat (39.8 3FG%). Junior guard Brent Jones will be the number one point guard all-season long this season.

January 11, 2014 – at Wagner (Spiro Sports Center – Staten Island, NY; 4pm )
January 30, 2014 – WAGNER (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 7pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 19-12 (12-6 NEC)/2nd
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 125/185

Outlook: Wagner transformed themselves mid-season last year as they went for a defensive, low-scoring team to high-octane, high-possessions offensive team. A lot of it had to do with the health of now-senior guard Latif Rivers who battled injuries and missed 11 games for the Seahawks. Then they were upset by LIU in the NEC semifinals at home to end their season. This season, they look like they may be the best team in the NEC. They have a ton of firepower offensively with Rivers and Valpo transfer Jay Harris launching shots. They also have the two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Year in senior point guard Kenneth Ortiz back. Sophomore Dwaun Anderson looks to bounce back after a shaky freshman campaign.

January 16, 2014 – FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 7pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 7-24 (2-16 NEC)/12th (last)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 297/339

Outlook:  At one point last season, FDU was actually 7-9 and 2-2 in the NEC before they went on to lose their last 15 games to end the season and it cost head coach Greg Vetrone his job. FDU went out and hired former UMass-Lowell head coach Greg Herenda. Herenda will have his hands full in his first season at the helm. The top four scorers from last season have all graduated leaving senior Mathias Seilund as the top returning scorer at 5.9 ppg. Senior point guard Sidney Sanders Jr. also returns, he led the Knights in assists (3.4 apg) last season.

January 18, 2014 – at Central Connecticut State (Detrick Gymnasium – New Britain, CT; TBA)
February 27, 2014 – Central Connecticut State (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 7pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 13-17 (9-9 NEC)/7th
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 194/261

Outlook: It was quite an offseason for CCSU’s All-NEC first teamer Kyle Vinales. He decided to transfer, picked Toledo as his new destination, then changed his mind and then decided to return to long-time head coach Howie Dickenman and CCSU for his junior year. Vinales (21.6 ppg last season) will likely be most people’s preseason favorite for NEC Player of the Year. He has a full green light to shoot and he isn’t afraid to launch shots from anywhere. Senior Matt Hunter (15.7 ppg) also returns and make for a dangerous 1-2 punch for CCSU. The Blue Devils will likely be this season’s popular sleeper pick in the NEC. They have a bunch of good players returning back which will allowed them to make a strong run to the top half of the NEC.

January 23, 2014 – at Bryant (Chace Athletic Center – Smithfield, RI; 7pm)
March 1, 2014 – BRYANT (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 2pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 19-12 (12-6 NEC)/4th
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 157/187

Outlook: Bryant had one of the best one-season turnaround of all-time last season going from 2 wins overall two seasons ago to 19 wins last season. After a strong start in the NEC, they faded a bit in the second half and lost to NEC tourney finalist Mount St. Mary’s in the first round. Gone is point guard Frankie Dobbs but NEC head coach of the year Tim O’Shea returns a lot of talent this season in senior Alex Francis (17.4 ppg/8.6 rpg) and junior guard Dyami Starks (17.7 ppg/45.0 FG%). If they can find a suitable replacement for Dobbs at the point guard spot, the Bulldogs will be back in the upper tier of the NEC once again this season.

January 25, 2014 – MOUNT ST. MARY’S (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 4:30pm)
February 1, 2014 – at Mount St. Mary’s (Knott Arena – Emmitsburg, MD; 2:30pm )

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 18-14 (11-7 NEC)/5th
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 118/205

Outlook: The Mount came all so close to winning their first NEC championship since 2008 but were halted by three-peat champs LIU in the NEC final. The Mount though return plenty of firepower for what is expected to be another run at the NEC title. Head coach Jamion Christian return a lot of his keys guys in seniors Rashad Whack (13.8ppg/3.7 rpg), Sam Prescott (11.1ppg/4.2rpg), and Julian Norfleet (10.8ppg/3.2apg). The Mount suffered a blow losing NEC Rookie of the Year Shivaughn Wiggins who decided to transfer. Even without Wiggins, expectations will be high at the Mount. Mount Mayhem took over the NEC in the latter half of the season at one point going 11-1 down the stretch. Scary thing with the Mount is there is room for improvement and with a year of this system already under their belt, the Mount could be racking up plenty of wins this season.

February 6, 2014 – ROBERT MORRIS (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 7pm)
February 20, 2014 – at Robert Morris (Sewall Center – Moon Township, PA; 7pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 24-11 (14-4 NEC)/1st
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 123/136

Outlook: For the first time since 2009, Robert Morris will take to the court without their floor general and leader Velton Jones who graduated this past May. Although Jones may be gone, there is still plenty of returning talent for head coach Andy Toole to work with. Starting with senior guard Karvel Anderson (12.5ppg/43.9 3PT%) and junior forward Lucky Jones (11.6 ppg/5.9 rpg). Experienced senior guard Anthony Myers-Pate now takes over the role of starting point guard. Also the additions of a coiuple of nice recruits will once again keep the Colonials in contention for another run at the NEC championship.

February 8, 2014 – SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY (PA) (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 4:30pm)
February 22, 2014  – at Saint Francis University (PA) (DeGol Arena – Loretto, PA; TBA)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 5-24 (5-13 NEC)/11th
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 317/327

Outlook: The Red Flash actually showed some flashes toward the end of the season after a brutal start to their season. They started 1-19 before finishing 4-5 their last 9 games. Head coach Rob Krimmel looks to build on the end of year momentum and he has some pieces coming back this season. Although the Red Flash did lose leading scorer Umar Shannon who transferred to Quinnipiac, they have some young talent to build around. Starting with junior forward Earl Brown (10.1ppg/8.1 rpg) who is a rising start in the NEC. They also have All-NEC rookie team performer Ben Millaud-Meunier (9.3ppg/47.6 3PT%) back along with Ollie Jackson, Stephon Mosley and Dominique Major. It is not out of the question that the Flash could sneak into the NEC playoffs as an 7 or 8 seed this season.

February 13, 2014 – at Sacred Heart – Pitt Center – (Fairfield, CT; 7pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 9-20 (7-11 NEC)/9th
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 242/271

Outlook: Sacred Heart has a new coach in former SHU head coach Dave Bike’s assistant coach Anthony Latina who takes over the program. Early indications out of Fairfield is that the Pioneers want to run. Latina has a point guard who can find open guys down court in junior Phil Gaetano (4.8ppg/7.9apg-2nd in NCAA). The Pioneers also have an guy who isn’t afraid to get inside and do the dirty work in senior Louis Montes (14.4ppg/6.2 rpg) and their have a guy who knock down open threes in Steve Glowiak (10.4ppg/37.4 3PT%). The Pioneers also get back junior guards Evan Kelley and Chris Evans back from a year of injuries. The Pioneers now begin the post-Shane Gibson era so it will be interesting to see who gets the end of game shots and how this new offensive philosophy will go in year one of the Latina era.

The 2013-14 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds’ MBB Schedule: Non-Conference Team-by-Team Opponent Breakdown

Today, LIU Brooklyn Athletics released the 2013-14 men’s basketball schedule. LIU will play a 29-game schedule with 13 non-conference games and 16 Northeast Conference games down from the 18 conference games they have played in the past several seasons.

The Blackbirds will play 12 home games, 9 homes games at the Steinberg Wellness Center and 3 games at the Barclays Center, NBA home of the Brooklyn Nets. They will play 15 true road games and 2 neutral-court games. The Blackbirds will face six teams that participated in postseason play including two 2013 NCAA tournament teams.

Today, I will focus on LIU Brooklyn’s non-conference schedule and give a brief breakdown on each non-conference opponent. Let’s take a look at the opponents the Blackbirds will face this season in non-conference play.

November 9, 2013 – St. Peter’s (Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY; 12pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 9-21 (3-15 MAAC)/10th (last)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 283/282

Outlook: St. Peter’s for the second consecutive season finished well below .500 and finished last season in last place in the MAAC. One of their nine wins last season did come against LIU Brooklyn in their first road game after the Julian Boyd ACL injury. The Peacocks lost six seniors from last season’s team including three starters. They do return their leading scorer in redshirt junior guard Desi Washington (14.6 ppg) who lit up LIU for 28 points in their meeting last season. They also return starting senior guard Chris Burke. SPC’s eighth-year head coach John Dunne has brought in three freshman and three juco transfers onto his roster for this season. In what will be a tough MAAC conference this season, it looks like SPC will likely take their lumps again this season.

This will be the second straight season LIU will open their campaign at home although last season they opened their season at the Barclays Center. This is the first season opener at the Steinberg Wellness Center since the 2010-11 season when they opened the season against Norfolk State. This is the 35th meeting between LIU and SPC. LIU is 13-21 all-time vs St. Peter’s. The two teams have alternated wins and losses in their last six meetings with the home team winning each time.

November 12, 2013 – at Indiana (Assembly Hall – Bloomington, IN; 6pm) (Part of 2K Sports Classic)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 29-7 (14-4 Big Ten/1st)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 9/3
Postseason: NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16

Outlook: Last season, LIU was one NCAA tournament win from facing Indiana in the second round. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Gone are NBA draftees Cody Zeller (4th pick overall-Charlotte) and one my favorite players of last season, Victor Oladipo (2nd pick overall – Orlando). But sixth-year head coach Tom Crean has plenty to work with for this season. Starting with sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell started every game as a freshman last season averaging 7.6 ppg & 4.0 apg (lead team). Senior forward Will Sheehey (9.5 ppg) also returns. Both these players were on the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team. Also, Indiana wouldn’t be Indiana without landing some big time recruits. Crean signed FOUR ESPN Top 100 high school recruits with the top recruit being #13 overall 6’8″ power forward Noah Vonleh from Haverhill, MA. The Hoosiers will once again make a play for the Big Ten title along with Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Sad (for LIU fans) but true: Indiana has not lost a non-conference home game since Loyola (Md.) beat them in December, 2009. That is a span of 29 straight non-conference games without a loss. The one good thing is the game could likely be televised on the Big Ten Network.

November 22, 2013 – at UC Irvine (Bren Events Center – Irvine, CA; 10pm) (Part of 2K Sports Classic-subregional)

12-’13 Record/Finish: 21-16 (11-7 Big West/4th)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 133/161
Postseason: CIT Tournament – Second Round

Outlook: UC Irvine had its first winning season in five seasons in ’12-’13. They look to build on the success they had last season which carried them to a CIT berth. They do lose two of their top three scorers from last season but do return 6’8″ junior F/C Will Davis II (9.7 ppg/6.8 rpg) who finished second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding. They also return senior guard Chris McNealy (9.2 ppg) who got late run as a starter including in their Big West tournament and CIT postseason run and sophomore guard Alex Young (9.2 ppg) who started in 29 of 37 games as a freshman. Last season, UC Irvine was 13-1 at home with the one loss going against LSU. Will be a very good early test for the Blackbirds. This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

November 23, 2013 – vs. Eastern Washington (Bren Events Center – Irvine, CA; 6pm) (Part of 2K Sports Classic-subregional)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 10-21 (7-13 Big Sky/9th)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 324/292

Outlook: It has been a rough go for EWU since they last made the NCAA tourney back in 2003-04. They have had just one winning season (’06-’07: 15-14) and have not been over .500 in conference since 2005-06. Third-year head coach Jim Hayford had some challenges last season including his leading scorer leaving the team just after the start of conference play. Hayford does has some talent returning in starters Venky Jois (12.3 ppg) and Parker Kelly (9.5 ppg). Jois was the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year. EWU did have a tough time playing away from home last season as they were a combined 3-14 in road and neutral-site games. This is the first all-time meeting between the two schools.

November 23, 2013 – vs. Boston University (Bren Events Center – Irvine, CA; 4:30pm) (Part of 2K Sports Classic-subregional)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 17-13 (11-5 America East/Tied for 2nd)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 156/148
Postseason: CIT Tournament – First Round

Outlook: Boston U. and third-year head coach Joe Jones return plenty of talent from a team which played in the CIT last season. They return their top seven scorers including leading scorer senior guard D.J. Irving (14.2 ppg). They return four players who scored over 9.0 ppg including leading rebounder 6’8″ senior forward Dom Morris (11.6 ppg/6.4 rpg). The Terriers this season make the move from the America East conference to the Patriot League. The will likely be contenders this season with the likes of Bucknell and fellow newcomers Loyola (Md.) in their conference. Last season, the Terriers were respectable away from home, going a combined 7-10 in games away from campus. This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the schools. LIU is 4-1 vs Boston U. Will likely be another great early-season test for LIU head coach Jack Perri and the Blackbirds.

December 1, 2013 – Norfolk State (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 2pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 21-12 (16-0 MEAC/1st)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 176/214
Postseason: NIT Tournament – First Round

Outlook: Norfolk State has had a magical last two seasons under former head coach Anthony Evans. The Spartans went a combined 47-22 and 29-3 in the MEAC. Two years ago they went to the NCAA tournament and upset Missouri in the “second round” and last season they went undefeated in conference but had to settle for the NIT after losing by 2 to Bethune-Cookman in MEAC tournament. Since then Evans has left for Florida International and NSU named associate head coach Robert Jones as their interim head coach.  Coach Jones has most of his quality players returning. Five of his top six leading scorers are back including top scorers seniors Pendarvis Williams (14.3 ppg) and Malcolm Hawkins (11.6 ppg) as well as top rebounder sophomore Rashid Gaston (8.3 ppg/6.3 rpg). With some much talents returning plus a familiar new head coach, don’t be surprised to see Norfolk State back at the top of the MEAC once again. After a one-year absence last season, LIU and Norfolk State will meet for the third time in the last four seasons. NSU was a respectable 10-12 in combined games away from home last season. LIU did beat NSU in their only home game of the series back in November of 2010. They are 2-1 all-time against NSU.

December 5, 2013 – at Seton Hall (Prudential Center – Newark, NJ; TBA)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 15-18 (3-15 Big East/Tied for 13th)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 130/109

Outlook: For the second straight season, LIU will face the Seton Hall Pirates. Last season, LIU was manhandled by the Pirates in a rout at the Barclays Center. This season, the scene shifts to Newark. The Pirates are coming another subpar season in the Big East going a horrid 3-15. This could be a make or break year for Seton Hall’s head coach Kevin Willard who is entering his fourth season at the helm. Seton Hall hasn’t had a .500 season in conference since the year they last went to the NCAAs back in ’05-’06. Willard will need another productive season from senior Fuquan Edwin (16.5 ppg/5.8 rpg) who was the Pirates leading scorer a season ago. Seton Hall also returns senior center Gene Teague (11.2 ppg/7.2 rpg) and junior forward Brandon Mobley (9.0 ppg). Willard was able to grab a ESPN Top 100 recruit in point guard NJ native Jaren Sina. Seton Hall is entering the season on a 15-game home non-conference winning streak dating back to December 2010. The Pirates finished last season 8-7 at home. The all-time series between Seton Hall and LIU is now all tied at 16 apiece.

December 7, 2013 – at Lehigh (Stabler Arena – Bethlehem, PA; 7:30pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 21-10 (10-4 Patriot/Tied for 2nd)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 106/96
Postseason: CBI Tournament – First Round

Outlook: Last season, Lehigh was the pick to represent the Patriot League in the NCAAs but then NBA-draftee C. J. McCollum (10th pick overall-Portland) was lost for the season with a broken left foot after 12 games and gone was his 23.9 ppg. But Lehigh’s seventh-year head coach Brent Reed keep his team together and rallied behind his other senior to a successful season and a trip to the CBI. This season, Reed will have to depend on a new set of seniors in guards Mackey McKnight (11.9 ppg), B.J. Bailey (8.3 ppg) and Anthony D’Orazio (6.4 ppg). This is the third all-time meeting between LIU and Lehigh with Lehigh leading the series 2-0.  Lehigh was 10-3 at home last season.

December 12, 2013 – at New Jersey Institute of Technology (Fleisher Athletic Center – Newark, NJ; 7pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 16-13 (6-2 Great West/1st)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 304/267

Outlook: NJIT will be playing this season as the nation’s only Division I independent. They will be using this season as pretty much an audition to gain entry into either the America East Conference or the Northeast Conference after the lowly five-team Great West conference disbanded after last season. NJIT head coach Jim Engles has done a fantastic job under difficult circumstances. NJIT finished with their first winning season last year (16-13) since joining Division I back in 2006-07. Unfortunately, this could be a long season for the Highlanders this year. They lose their top three scorers from last season to graduation. The top returning scorer is sophomore guard Ky Howard (7.2 ppg). This will be a very young team with just one senior and two juniors on the roster. NJIT was a good home team last season at 12-3 but that was with a senior top-heavy team. LIU is 2-0 all-time against the Highlanders.

December 18, 2013 – Lamar (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY; 7pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 3-28 (1-17 Southland/10th-last)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 334/345

Outlook: In what was likely LIU’s worst loss of last season, Lamar who ended the season with just 3 wins, got one of those wins against the Blackbirds while they were going through their roughest stretch of the season. Lamar, who is coach by third-year head coach Pat Knight, the son of college hoops coaching legend Bob Knight, had a terrible season after getting his senior-loaded team into the NCAAs the year prior. Knight with a very young team (6 freshman, 2 sophomores) struggled to find wins. There were only three seniors on last season’s team but two of those were top three scorers including his leading scorer. Sophomore forward Rhon Mitchell is Lamar’s leading returning scorer (10.3 ppg). With even more youth being implement into the system this season and with Knight having to play guys with not as much experience more minutes, this could be another challenging season for the Cardinals. With the win last season, Lamar is 1-0 all-time against the Blackbirds.

December 21, 2013 – Temple (Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY; 5:30pm) (Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 24-10 (11-5 Atlantic 10/Tied for 3rd)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 42/62
Postseason: NCAA Tournament – Round of 32

Outlook: After over 30 years in the Atlantic 10 conference, Temple is moving to the brand new American Athletic Conference (Thanks football!). Temple has been enjoy plenty of success since Fran Dunphy took over the program from the legendary John Chaney. Dunphy has taken the Owls to the NCAAs in every year he has been the head coach with the exception of year one (’06-’07). Dunphy will face more of challenge this season. The Owls will face new teams and will do it without their four of their top five leading scorers from last season due to graduation. Junior forward Anthony Lee is the top returning scorer and rebounder (9.8 ppg/6.8 rpg). After Lee and junior guard Will Cummings, the rest of the roster don’t have a ton of experience. It will be interesting to see how Temple will fare this season. Last season with a veteran team, the Owls were a combined 12-7 away from home. This is the fourth all-time meeting between the schools. The Owls are so far undefeated at 3-0.

December 28, 2013 – at Sam Houston State (Johnson Coliseum – Huntsville, TX; 5pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 17-17 (8-10 Southland/Tied for 5th)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 227/231

Outlook: The Blackbirds makes the annual trip down to the Lone State state for two games. First, it’s the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Talk about a team with a bunch of upperclassman here. The Bearkats have 10 juniors and seniors on their roster this season. The majority of the team are junior college transfers and not a single player has been with the team for more than two seasons. Head coach Jason Hooten brings back his leading scorer and rebounder in senior forward James Thomas (9.6 ppg). This team like to play at slow to moderate pace as their 65.6 possessions per 40 minutes shows. They kept opponents to .951 points per possession last season. They weren’t a great home team last season going just 9-6 and had a below .500 record overall versus Division I schools (14-17). This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

December 30, 2013 – at Texas State (Strahan Coliseum – San Marcos, TX; 8pm)

’12-’13 Record/Finish: 12-22 (5-13 WAC/Tied for 5th)
’12-’13 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 268/240

Outlook: Texas State is about to enter third conference in three years. After a long run in the Southland Conference, last season the Bobcats moved to the WAC. This season, they head to the Sun Belt Conference. There is a new head coach this season for Texas State in Danny Kaspar who arrives from Stephen F. Austin. Kaspar has a weapon on the roster in returning leading scorer and rebounder senior forward Joel Wright (17.8 ppg/6.9 rpg). Texas State last season was 6th in the nation in possessions per 40 minutes at 73 although Kaspar’s team usually play at a much more slower pace (SFA last season: 62.3 poss/40 – 323rd rank nationally). After a one year absence, LIU and Texas State will meet for the third time in four seasons. LIU is 2-0 lifetime against Texas State.

The average 2012-13 RPI for LIU’s non-conference opponents is 191. The average of 2012-13 KenPom ranking is 188. LIU Brooklyn’s RPI last season was 174 and their KenPom ranking was 191.

Tomorrow, I will shift the focus to LIU’s NEC schedule and take a look at LIU’s path through the NEC as they try to continue their unprecedented championship streak and chase after their fourth straight NEC men’s basketball title.

LIU Brooklyn MBB Scheduling Update: Blackbirds to take part in 2013 2K Sports Classic

Today, a few more pieces of the LIU Brooklyn 2013-14 scheduling puzzle was revealed as the full field for the 2013 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warriors Project was announced and we learned that the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds will be involved.

The Gazelle Group who puts together the annual competition put out a release announcing all the games involved in this year’s 2K Sports Classic. LIU will be involved in the 2K Sports Classic for the first time ever.

LIU will start the 2K Sports Classic by heading to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the defending Big Ten regular season champions Indiana Hoosiers at Indiana’s Assembly Hall on Tuesday, November 12. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Then the Blackbirds will play three subregional rounds games at UC Irvine in Irvine, California. It will be three games in three days. The Blackbirds will first take on the host school, UC Irvine of the Big West Conference, on Friday, November 22. The Anteaters played in the postseason NIT last season. On Saturday, November 23, LIU will take on Eastern Washington of the Big Sky Conference. Finally, on Sunday, November 24, the Blackbirds conclude the 2K Sports Classic by taking on the Boston University Terriers, who are new members of the Patriot League. Last season, Boston U. played in the CIT postseason tournament.

LIU has never played either UC Irvine or Eastern Washington before so it will be the Blackbirds first-ever meeting against these two schools. The meeting between LIU and Boston U. will be their sixth all-time meeting overall and a first since the 1992-93 season.

Also, Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball released their full ’13-’14 schedule on Monday. LIU will see the Knights just once this upcoming season with the meeting taking place in Brooklyn likely at the newly renamed Steinberg Wellness Center on Thursday, January 16.

With this bit of information, we now know that the two NEC teams LIU will face just once in conference play this season are Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson. Both these teams missed out on the NEC Tournament last season. This means that LIU will face all seven returning NEC tournament participants twice this season.

With this new bit of information, here is up-to-date “what we know” LIU Brooklyn 2013-14 Men’s Basketball Schedule:

@ Indiana (2K Sports Classic) – Tuesday, November 12

@ UC Irvine (2K Sports Classic) – Friday, November 22

vs. Eastern Washington (2K Sports Classic) – Saturday, November 23

vs. Boston University (2K Sports Classic) – Sunday, November 24

@ Seton Hall – Thursday, December 5

TEMPLE – @ Barclays Center (Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational) – Saturday, December 21

ST. PETER’S

LAMAR

@ NJIT

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON – Thursday, January 16

@ CCSU – Saturday, January 18

ST. FRANCIS (PA) –  Saturday, February 8

@ Sacred Heart Thursday, February 13

@ St. Francis (PA) – Saturday, February 22

CCSU – Thursday, February 27

LIU Brooklyn MBB Scheduling Update: New addition – at Seton Hall

Well, I was hoping to have more LIU Brooklyn games to announce since the last scheduling update a couple of weeks ago but official announcements from other schools haven’t been as fast and furious as I was hoping. Fear not though as finally there is one new game to add to the 2013-14 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball schedule.

Although there is no official announcement of this game yet, Chris McManus of the Seton Hall men’s basketball blog South Orange Juice unofficially announce Seton Hall’s non-conference schedule and LIU Brooklyn made the list of games the Pirates will be playing this season.

This would be the second consecutive season in which LIU and Seton Hall will play each other on the basketball court. Last season, these two teams played one another at the Barclays Center in the final game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational. Seton Hall went on to have a rather decisive win against the Blackbirds, 89-58.

According to the article written by McManus, he mentions that this game will be played at Seton Hall’s on-campus 2,600-seat Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey instead at Seton Hall’s regular home at the 18,500-seat Prudential Center in Newark. But the word I’m hearing is that isn’t going to be the case, that the game is planned to be played at the Prudential Center.

**UPDATE: 8/9 12:00pm:** Seton Hall has officially released their non-conference schedule. The game between LIU Brooklyn and Seton Hall will take place on Thursday, December 5th and the game will indeed be played in Newark at the Prudential Center.

So here is up-to-date “what we know” LIU Brooklyn MBB schedule:

ST. PETER’S

LAMAR

@ NJIT

@ Seton Hall – Thursday, December 5

TEMPLE – @ Barclays Center (Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational) – Saturday, December 21

@ CCSU – Saturday, January 18

ST. FRANCIS (PA) –  Saturday, February 8

@ Sacred Heart Thursday, February 13

@ St. Francis (PA) – Saturday, February 22

CCSU – Thursday, February 27

LIU Brooklyn MBB Scheduling Update: What we know so far – July 25 Edition

It has been awhile since I did a scheduling update and as more and more teams begin putting out their non-conference and full season schedules, I thought it would be a good time to give an update on where we are at tracking LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball games for the 2013-14 season.

Let’s review what we know. We already know that St. Peter’s and Lamar are coming to Brooklyn to complete the two-year home and home series LIU had with these teams. We also know about the game against Temple at the Barclays Center on Saturday, December 21 which will be likely be the second game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.

Here is the latest updates:

– LIU hasn’t yet completed their ’13-’14 non-conference schedule as they are still looking for at least one more opponent to play them just after the start of the new year.

– As was reported by John Templon (@nybuckets) of Big Apple Buckets a couple of weeks ago, LIU will be playing NJIT this season. I’ve heard that the game will be on the road in Newark and the game will take place likely sometime in mid-December.

– Thanks to Sacred Heart and Saint Francis University (PA) officially releasing their complete schedules, we know that LIU will face Sacred Heart just once in NEC play this season and that game will be on the road in Fairfield, CT on Thursday, February 13. LIU will take on St. Francis (PA) at home on Saturday, February 8 and will head to Loretto, PA for a game on Saturday, February 22. Usually, a game with SFPA is either proceeded or followed by a game with Robert Morris for travel reasons. Expect for a couple of possible Thursday night affairs with the Colonials to be on the LIU schedule after the two teams met once in an epic game at the formerly known as WRAC last season although don’t be surprised if one of those games gets moved to be showcased on either the NEC TV package or on ESPNU/ESPN3.

– Although Central Connecticut State have yet to officially announce their ’13-’14 schedule, most of their schedule is known. LIU will visit CCSU on Saturday, January 18 and will then host the Blue Devils on Thursday, February 27.

– Per Ron Ratner (@NECHoopsRon), Associate Commissioner of the NEC, we now know that the NEC tournament will start on Wednesday, March 5 for the NEC quarterfinals. The NEC semifinals will take place on Saturday, March 8 and the NEC Championship final will be on Tuesday, March 11.*

– LIU will not be playing St. John’s this upcoming season. The Red Storm released their non-conference schedule on Tuesday. This will be the third straight season LIU and St. John’s will not face one another. The Johnnies will take on NEC rival Wagner on November 15 and face local squads Fordham on December 7 at Madison Square Garden and Columbia on December 28 at the Barclays Center.

As we start heading into August and teams finish completing their non-conference schedules, I hope to have an weekly update available up until LIU Brooklyn officially releases their schedule which usually happens in either late August or early September.

* Correction – I had earlier posted that the NEC tournament dates were March 6, 9 & 12 as per the Sacred Heart men’s basketball schedule. Those dates are incorrect and the dates that, as tweeted to me by Ron Ratner, are the correct 2014 NEC tournament men’s basketball dates.

LIU Brooklyn MBB adds Temple to their ’13-14 non-conference schedule

On Wednesday morning, College Basketball Insider Jon Rothstein tweeted out the following:

This tripleheader is likely the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational which LIU Brooklyn was a part of last season when they played Seton Hall. This would be the first confirmed game at the Barclays Center for LIU for the upcoming 2013-14 season. [Read more…]