A Closer Look at the Week One NEC Schedule Sprint

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On Saturday, the 2014-15 Northeast Conference season tips off in grand fashion. Four conference games in eight days.

Due to New Year’s Day falling on a Thursday this year, the NEC decided to not put the big opening night of the conference season up against the brand new College Football Playoff (smart move!) and instead of the usually Thursday/Saturday week of games, the NEC decided to make opening week a Saturday/Monday affair followed by the usual Thursday/Saturday second week. This results in having to play four NEC games in a span of just eight days to open up what could be the most unpredictable and wildest conference season the NEC has had in a quite a long time.

As with any season, teams and coaches are always looking to get off to a fast start, with this season in particular, that is most certainly the case.

With four huge games in basically a week’s time, preparation for each of these games will be quite a challenge. The good part is most if not all of the teams won’t have to worry about class work just yet as they all should be in winter break for the first week of January so that won’t be much of a concern.

One of the challenges will be proper prep time in between games. Games one and two are two days apart as are games three and four, leaving just the three days in between games two and three and get a lot of practice and prep work done.

The next challenge will be travel for road games. This is the NEC and all the teams travel by coach bus. The teams with the easier travel schedule should have a bit more of an advantage than teams who have to travel all across the Northeast to get to their games. The more home games this first week, the better.

With that in mind, I wanted to find out which NEC teams would have the toughest challenges in this brutal first week of NEC play. I wanted to see which teams had the toughest strength of schedule in terms of opponents, which teams would have a more of early advantage in terms of home games in this first week, and how much traveling during this eight day span would each NEC team have to do.

I wanted to begin by first taking a look at the first week composition NEC schedule:

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Next, to find out which NEC teams had the toughest first week schedule, I went over to kenpom.com and averaged out the KenPom rankings of each teams four opponents for the first week. I used the KenPom rankings from Tuesday, December 30th to compile the opponent’s average KenPom rankings for the first four opponents. Here are the KenPom rankings I used:

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And here are the results:

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By the results shown above, Bryant has the toughest first week in terms of opening week strength of schedule. Their four opponents average out to an above-200 ranking, the only one to do so. On the other side by using this chart, Robert Morris has the easiest opening week strength of schedule just edging out Mount St. Mary’s.

Next, I wanted to see what were the home/road splits for each NEC team. I wanted to find out how many home games each team was playing during the opening week and which teams have the advantage of being at home more during this important first week. These are the number of home games and road games each NEC teams is playing during the first week of the conference season:

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So I found that LIU Brooklyn, Wagner and Sacred Heart were the three NEC teams playing the most home games in this upcoming eight-day span. Each are playing three home games in the first four games. Meanwhile, St. Francis Brooklyn, Robert Morris and Central Connecticut will only play one home game the first week which means they only to get the home-court advantage once during the opening week and will be traveling a lot on the road.

Speaking of traveling, the next thing I wanted to check out which NEC teams would have the biggest challenge dealing with travel. The more traveling a team has to do, the less rest and prep time they are getting for their next game. With the help of an old resource the NEC used to put out in their NEC Fan Guides, I used an old NEC Mileage Chart which broke down the mileage distance between each NEC campus.

This is chart I used:

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You can tell it’s an old chart because it still has former NEC members Quinnipiac and Monmouth on there yet it served its purpose.

With this mileage chart, I could figure out which NEC teams would have the most miles to log in between games on opening week. Here is the order from lowest to highest of travel miles each NEC will have to make to get from game one on Saturday to game four the following Saturday.

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LIU Brooklyn once again gets another huge advantage as they will only have to travel just sixteen miles during the four games in eight days span. They only travel to one road game and that game is in Staten Island, a short bus ride from campus and it is also the final game of the week.

Sacred Heart plays just one home game as well but they have to travel back and forth from Fairfield, CT to Brooklyn. Even though Wagner also has one road game, they have to travel to Loretto, PA from Staten Island for the NEC opener Saturday and then travel back from Monday’s home game. That is a 602-mile round trip for one game.

Saint Francis U. and Mount St. Mary’s got the worst end of all the NEC teams. SFU although they play their first two games at home, will have to make a long 502-mile trip to Bryant mid-week. The Mount will have to travel nearing 800 miles to get to and from just their first two games, both on the road, and then the travel back to Emmitsburg, MD from their home games.

Ironically, the three teams with three roads games are fifth, sixth and seventh on the travel milage list. St. Francis Brooklyn’s first two road games are within reasonable travel distance before they make their journey out to Mount St. Mary’s next Saturday.

After seeing everything, it is easy to see that LIU Brooklyn lucked out somewhat with the opening week schedule. The Blackbirds will play three home games and do the least amount of traveling by far of all the NEC teams. Their strength of schedule that first week is also in the middle of the pack so it is not terrible at all for them.

Conversely, the team that may be on the short end of the stick in week one is Saint Francis U. Although, they do play two home games to start the week, they will play against Robert Morris, Bryant and Sacred Heart, teams which are probably looking at the moment like upper-half teams. Their opening week strength of schedule is the third-toughest and they will log the second-most travel miles during the week with 632. That is a lot of travel in eight days for games that matter.

Well, time now to get ready to strap in because starting Saturday, the 18-game, two-month NEC marathon will begins with a four games in eight days sprint. You got love this time of year!

The 2014-15 LIU Brooklyn MBB NEC Schedule

On Monday, the 2014-15 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball schedule was officially released and I broke down their non-conference schedule team by team. Today, I will take a glance at LIU Brooklyn’s Northeast Conference schedule and see which are the games to look forward to, which are the games that could cause the Blackbirds some problems and which ones they will likely need to win if they plan on returning back to the NEC tournament after missing out last season.

It all starts opening week which this season consist of four games instead of the usually two with New Year’s Day falling on a Thursday this season. The Blackbirds start the conference season with a season-high three-game homestand, the first of which is on Saturday, January 3rd versus Bryant. Last season, LIU closed the season with Bryant at home, this season they will open the conference season with the Bulldogs. LIU was swept last season in both meetings against Bryant after winning seven of their first eight meetings including six straight. This should be a good first game for LIU to see what this young LIU is all about and how they will compete in the NEC.

After their conference opener against Bryant, LIU hosts FDU at the Steinberg Wellness Center. LIU lost the only meeting between the two teams last season at home by 22. The loss snapped a LIU 11-game winning streak in the series. It was a pretty ugly loss as LIU were throughly handled at home. LIU caps their three-game homestand against Sacred Heart. LIU beat the Pioneers last season on the road in their only meeting. LIU has won the last two games in this series and have won seven of the last eight meetings overall.

The Blackbirds then hits the road for three of the next four games. A meeting with Wagner at the Spiro Sports Center in Staten Island closes the first week of NEC action as every NEC team will end up playing four conference games in eight days. Wagner swept LIU in their two games last season. Wagner has won four of the last five meetings in the last two seasons. After Wagner game, the NEC schedule returns to the normal Thursday/Saturday schedule.

On Thursday, January 15th, LIU heads to Central Connecticut State. The Blackbirds had won six straight games in the series until LIU lost a heartbreaking 86-82 overtime game at the Steinberg Wellness Center to end LIU’s chances of defending their three-straight NEC championships. After the CCSU game, LIU returns back to Brooklyn to play defending NEC tournament champions Mount St. Mary’s. This game though will be at the Barclays Center. This will be the second time in three years in which LIU has played the Mount at the Barclays Center. LIU won that first meeting 86-72 back in 2013. The teams split the two meetings last season. LIU has won eight of the last ten meetings between the teams.

The following week, LIU returns back on the road for a pair of games. On Thursday, January 22nd, they play their second game of the season against Bryant and then head to FDU for the second meeting. LIU then return home to the Steinberg Wellness Center for a home game versus CCSU. Then they head across Fulton Street to Brooklyn Heights to take on St. Francis Brooklyn for their 40th annual Battle of Brooklyn game. Last season, LIU won the Battle of Brooklyn for the fourth consecutive time. This would be the 101st meeting between the two teams, the most meetings between any LIU opponent. LIU had a six-game winning streak in the series snapped in their first meeting last season.

The month of February begins with NEC perennial powerhouse Robert Morris returning to the Steinberg Wellness Center on February 5th . LIU has lost three straight to the Colonials including their last two home games. Two days later, Saint Francis PA comes to visit Downtown Brooklyn for a late afternoon affair. SFU swept a pair of games from LIU last season snapping what was previously an LIU three-game winning streak in the series. LIU has not lost three in a row to the Red Flash since the 2003 through 2005 seasons. The following week, LIU heads to western Pennsylvania to play these same two teams on the road.

On February 19th, LIU heads to Mount St. Mary’s to wrap us a three-game road swing which will be LIU’s longest and toughest road trip of conference play with three teams that may all finish in the top four of the NEC standings, before returning back to Brooklyn for their final two regular season home games, both against city rivals, the first of which is against Wagner. Then it is a home game against St. Francis Brooklyn. This game returns back to the SWC after being held at the Barclays Center last season and I, for one, am happy to see this game return back on campus. LIU has won four straight home games against the Terriers.

LIU concludes the season with a road matchup against Sacred Heart on the final day of February. LIU has won five straight home games versus the Pioneers.

LIU will need to get off to a good start to conference play with three home games to begin the campaign. After that, things get tricky with four of five on the road against what could be upper tier teams in the NEC. Then what comes is what I feel is the meat grinder of LIU’s schedule: vs CCSU, at St. Francis Brooklyn, vs Robert Morris, vs Saint Francis PA, at Robert Morris, at Saint Francis PA and at Mount St. Mary’s. This seven-game stretch will be the make or break part of their season. If LIU comes out these seven games in good shape, they should no doubt be a playoff team and quite possible a sleeper going into the NEC tournament. If they come out of it with a bunch of L’s, they are once again going to be fighting for that final playoff spot in the NEC.

The NEC game I’m most looking forward to is the January 15th road game at Central Connecticut. That game will prove to me how legit this team will be in conference play this season. Also, the return of St. Francis Brooklyn to the Steinberg Wellness Center should be a fun one as well along with the Battle of Brooklyn game at the Pope Center. These are always fun games no matter how good or bad each team is.

1/3/2015 BRYANT Steinberg Wellness Center 4:30 p.m.
1/5/2015 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON Steinberg Wellness Center 7:30 p.m.
1/8/2015 SACRED HEART Steinberg Wellness Center 7:00 p.m.
1/10/2015 at Wagner Staten Island, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
1/15/2015 at Central Connecticut New Britain, Conn. 7:00 p.m.
1/17/2015 MOUNT ST. MARY’S Barclays Center 1:30 p.m.
1/22/2015 at Bryant Smithfield, R.I. 7:00 p.m.
1/24/2015 at Fairleigh Dickinson Teaneck, N.J. 4:30 p.m.
1/29/2015 CENTRAL CONNECTICUT Steinberg Wellness Center 7:00 p.m.
1/31/2015 at St. Francis Brooklyn Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. 4:00 p.m.
2/5/2015 ROBERT MORRIS Steinberg Wellness Center 7:00 p.m.
2/7/2015 SAINT FRANCIS U. Steinberg Wellness Center 4:30 p.m.
2/12/2015 at Robert Morris Moon Township, Pa. 7:00 p.m.
2/14/2015 at Saint Francis U. Loretto, Pa. 1:00 p.m.
2/19/2015 at Mount St. Mary’s Emmitsburg, Md. 7:00 p.m.
2/21/2015 WAGNER Steinberg Wellness Center 4:30 p.m.
2/26/2015 ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN Steinberg Wellness Center 7:00 p.m.
2/28/2015 at Sacred Heart Fairfield, Conn. 3:30 p.m.

 

The 2014-15 LIU Brooklyn MBB Non-Conference Team-By-Team Breakdown

Today, LIU Brooklyn Athletics released the 2014-15 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball schedule. It includes 29 games like it did a season ago and will feature 14 home games including three of those at the Barclays Center. LIU will also return to the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving, November 27th.

The LIU Brooklyn season will start on Wednesday, November 19th with an NIT Season Tip-Off matchup against St. John’s. Their season will start five days after the start of the college basketball season on November 14th.

LIU’s NEC season will tip off at the Steinberg Wellness Center against Bryant on Saturday, January 3rd.

First, let’s take a look at the teams LIU Brooklyn will be playing in non-conference play this upcoming season. In the coming days, I will take a deeper look at LIU’s 2014-15 NEC schedule.

November 19, 2014 – at St. John’s (Carnesecca Arena – Jamaica, NY) TV: ESPN3

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 20-13 (10-8 Big East)/5th
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 58/61
Postseason: NIT – First Round

Outlook: Last season, St. John’s got to 20 wins for only the second time in their last eleven seasons. The Red Storm missed out on the NCAA’s last season and had to settle for NIT which ended in an ugly 89-78 loss to LIU rival Robert Morris. St. John’s returns plenty of talent to their roster. It starts with D’Angelo Harrison who returns for his senior season. He led the Red Storm in scoring at 17.5 ppg. Six of their top eight scorers will return for head coach Steve Lavin. St. John’s also return shot blocker extraordinaire junior Chris Obekpa who finished with 2.9 blocks/gm and was 4th in the nation in block rate at 11.9. This is their first meeting since the 2009-10. St. John’s has won the last four meetings, all at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm went 14-5 at home last season between Carnesecca Arena and Madison Square Garden.

November 25, 2014 – at St. Joseph’s (Hagan Arena – Philadelphia, PA)

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 24-10 (11-5 Atlantic 10)/4th
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 30/46
Postseason: NCAA Tournament – Second Round

Outlook: St. Joseph’s was one of six 2014 NCAA Tournament participants from the Atlantic 10 conference. It was their first appearance in six seasons. Coming into this season, they will be looking to replace three of their top four scorers including their top two. Sophomore DeAndre Bembry is their leading returning scorer at 14.4 ppg. He is the only returnee to average over 10 ppg last season. Senior Chris Wilson (9.0 ppg) also returns for the Hawks. This is their fourth all-time meeting and the first between the two since the 1979-80 season. St. Joe’s went 11-3 at home last season.

November 27, 2014 – vs Stony Brook (Madison Square Garden, New York, NY) TV: ESPNU

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 23-11 (13-3 America East)/2nd
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 163/174
Postseason: CBI – First Round

Outlook: Last season was Stony Brook’s third consecutive 20-win season and their fourth in the last five seasons. Yet, Stony Brook is still looking for that elusive first NCAA tournament appearance after repeated heartbreak in the America East Tournament, having to settle for a CBI appearance last season. The Seawolves return their top two scorers from last season in juniors Jameel Warney (14.5 ppg) and Carson Puriefoy (12.9 ppg). Warney is also their top returning rebounder (8 rpg). Stony Brook did lose their third, fourth and fifth leading scorers to graduation. Sophomore Ahmed Walker also returns after a 7.0 ppg/5.3 rpg season. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. LIU last played at MSG on February 12, 2012 vs St. Francis Brooklyn, a 86-77 win.

November 30, 2014 – at Temple (Liacouras Center – Philadelphia, PA) TV: ESPN3

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 9-22 (4-14 AAC)/9th
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 170/159

Outlook: Temple went through a rough season in 2012-13, their first in the American Athletic Conference, after six straight 20-win seasons. Temple finished 9-22, their worst record since the 1975-76 season (9-18). The Owls are looking to rebound this season but have at it without their top scorer from last season, Dalton Pepper, who graduated. Good news for them, Pepper is their only lost player. Senior Will Cummings is the Owls’ top returning scorer at 16.8 ppg. Senior Anthony Lee (13.6 ppg) returns as their top returning rebounder at 8.6 rpg. LIU were hammered by Temple last season at the Barclays Center, 101-65. Temple is 4-0 all-time vs LIU. Temple last season went 4-10 at home.

December 3, 2014 – vs New Hampshire (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY)

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 6-24 (4-12 America East)/9th (last)
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 340/329

Outlook: UNH finished last in the America East conference last season. They haven’t had a winning season in 20 years. The Wildcats lose their top three scorers from a year ago and have no returning scorers who averaged over 10 ppg. UNH will look to a trio of sophomores to carry the load for them in Daniel Dion (8.2 ppg), Jacoby Armstrong (7.4 ppg), and Jaleen Smith (5.3 ppg). The last time these two teams faced each other was back in the 2008-09 season. LIU is 4-0 all-time vs UNH. UNH was 3-12 on the road last season.

December 6, 2014 – vs Lehigh (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY)

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 14-18 (7-11 Patriot)/6th
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 233/256

Outlook: Lehigh in their first season without NBA draftee C.J. McCollum, went from having back-to-back 20-win seasons to a 14-18 season in 2012-13. Making matters a little worse, they also lost their leading scorer from last season in Mackey McKnight. Fortunately for them, he was their only senior from last senior so they have plenty of guys who played last season returning. Sophomore Tim Kempton is the Mountain Hawks’ top returning scorer and rebounder at 13.0 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Junior Jesse Chuku (8.7 ppg/5.9 rpg) also returns, he went for 15 pts and 10 rebs in a 76-69 win vs LIU last season. The loss to Lehigh last season was LIU’s first loss in the all-time series (1-2). Lehigh went 4-12 on the road last season.

December 9, 2014 – at Maine (Alfond Arena – Orono, ME)

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 6-23 (4-12 America East)/8th
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 330/338

Outlook: Maine has been on a steady decline wins-wise since 2009-10. Last season, they matched their lowest win total since 1981-82. A change at head coach was made. Out went Ted Woodward after ten seasons and in comes Bob Welsh who arrives from Division III Rhode Island College where he had .764 winning percentage in nine seasons. With the coaching change, a couple of players decided to transfer including last season’s leading scorer Xavier Pollard. They also lost third-leading scorer Dimitry Akanda-Coronel who transferred. Senior Zarko Valjarevic is their top returning scorer at 11.3 ppg. This is fourth all-time series meeting, the first since 1999-2000 season. Maine is 4-0 all-time vs LIU. Maine went 4-9 at home last season.

December 14, 2014 – vs NJIT (Steinberg Wellness Center – Brooklyn, NY)

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 13-16 (Independent)
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 302/312

Outlook: NJIT will play their second season as an independent as they continue their search to get an invite into a conference. They went a respectable 13-16 last season and they return back most of their roster. They bring back top scorers in sophomore Damon Lynn (17.2 ppg), junior Terrence Smith (12.2 ppg), and junior Ky Howard (9.1 ppg). NJIT played LIU tough in high-scoring 96-93 game in Newark last season. LIU is 3-0 all-time against the Highlanders. NJIT went 6-10 on the road in 2012-13.

December 18, 2014 – Florida International (Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY)

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 15-16 (7-9 Conference USA)/10th
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 203/221

Outlook: In their first season in Conference USA under first-year head coach Anthony Evans, the Panthers finished a game under .500. Unfortunately for them, they lose their top three scorers due to graduation. In fact, FIU losses four of their top five scorers from last season, one of them is LIU’s newest transfer Jerome Frink. Their return top returning scorer is redshirt senior Dennis Mavin (11.8 ppg). The two teams have only meet once before, back in 2001-02 where LIU lost to FIU, 54-50 at FIU. FIU was 5-8 on the road a season ago.

December 22, 2014 – at New Hampshire (Whittemore Center – Durham, NH)

Outlook: This is the second game between LIU and UNH in 2014-15 but this time the game is up in New Hampshire. It will be the sixth all-time meeting and the first up at UNH since 2007-08. UNH’s home record in 2012-13 was 3-11.

December 28, 2014 – vs Hofstra (Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY)

’13-’14 Record/Finish: 10-23 (5-11 CAA)/8th
’13-’14 Final RPI/KenPom rankings: 276/265

Outlook: Hofstra will begin their second season under head coach Joe Mihalich. The Pride won ten games last season in Mihalich’s first go-around. Early buzz around Hofstra is that will be a contender in the CAA this coming season. Even though they lose last season’s leading scorer Zeke Upshaw to graduation, the Pride returns Monmouth transfer Dion Nesmith (13. 3 ppg/4.2 apg) as a fifth-year grad student. The Pride also returns senior Moussa Kone (7.1 ppg/5.9 rpg) and sophomore Jamall Robinson (9.5 ppg). LIU defeated Hofstra in their last meeting at the Steinberg Wellness Center in 2012-13 in a come-from-behind 88-84 win. Hofstra still leads the all-time series 16-13. Hofstra went 1-12 on the road last season.

LIU Brooklyn reportedly part of the Preseason NIT

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LIU Brooklyn’s non-conference schedule might have gotten a whole lot clearer with news from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein who tweeted out the following on Sunday morning:

LIU would be the fourth and final team in the St. John’s pod of the 2014 Preseason NIT which will be played at St. John’s Carnesecca Arena in November. The other two teams confirmed to play in this pod is Stony Brook from the America East and Saint Joseph’s from the Atlantic 10.

Other confirmed teams in the 16-team field participating in the 2014 Preseason NIT are Georgia, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Western Kentucky.

LIU’s participation in the Preseason NIT means four games of their non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season is now involved in this event. Their opening opponent has yet to be announced but it would not be a surprise if LIU starts out with the host St. John’s with the other game being between either Stony Brook or Saint Joseph’s. The winners will advance and play one another and while the losers face one another.

If LIU doesn’t get out of the St. John’s pod and advance to the semi-final round at Madison Square Garden, they will then play two games at a to-be-determined host who is part of the Preseason NIT but did not advance to MSG from one of the other three pods.

With LIU reportedly included in the Preseason NIT, we now know nine games of LIU’s non-conference schedule. The list of these games as well as four of LIU’s 18 NEC games can be found in the LIU Schedule Tracker.

LIU Brooklyn to play Hofstra at Barclays Center in 2014-15

On Sunday morning, CBS Sports’ college basketball insider Jon Rothstein tweeted out the first bit of new 2014-15 LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball scheduling information. He tweeted out the following Sunday morning:

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But by Sunday afternoon, the tweet had been deleted and it throw a major monkey wrench into the news of this game.

This morning, Rothstein put out another tweet:

So apparently Jon Rothstein and his source had the LIU opponent wrong. LIU Brooklyn will not be playing Fordham as Rothstein originally tweeted out but will now play Hofstra at the Barclays Center on Sunday, December 28th as part of a doubleheader with St. John’s who will take on Tulane. The doubleheader could likely be part of one of the Brooklyn Hoops holiday events, either the Holiday Invitational or the Winter Festival.

So far, LIU is 0-2 all-time in holiday events at the Barclays Center, losing to Seton Hall in 2012 and last season losing to Temple.

The news of LIU playing Hofstra at Barclays is not the attention grabber or the higher quality of opponent of LIU playing Fordham at the Barclays would have been so there is some disappointment in this update of opponent from Rothstein.

LIU last played Hofstra in the 2012-13 season in which LIU came from way behind in the second half to beat Hofstra at the WRAC, 88-84. That was the game this play happened:

That was the last highlight and last game LIU fans would see Julian Boyd play in as he would tear his ACL in their next game at Rice and would eventually never play again for LIU with his multiple knee injuries.

LIU is 13-16 all-time versus Hofstra. Hofstra is coming off a 10-23 season in 2013-14 and finished with a 5-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

We can add this game now to the 2014 LIU Schedule tracker with the list of known return games scheduled for next season.

 

First look at the LIU Brooklyn 2014-15 non-conference schedule

This is the first post looking ahead at the 2014-15 season for the LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball team. I want to start by looking at the next season’s non-conference schedule and take a peek at the back end of LIU’s home and home series games.

There are four known home and home series that will conclude next season. You will likely see the following four teams once again on LIU’s schedule come late August or September:

Lehigh (Home)

NJIT (Home)

Norfolk State (Away)

Temple (Away)

LIU split the games against these four teams this past season beating NJIT on the road and Norfolk State at home. They lost to Lehigh on the road and were walloped by Temple at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational.

With that LIU head coach Jack Perri and his coaching staff will need to find eight more non-conference games for next season. The NEC will return back to an 18-game conference schedule in 2014-15 and play a balanced schedule in which LIU will play all nine NEC teams twice, home and away. So the coaching staff have two less non-conference games to schedule next season which is a plus considering how hard it has been in the past for not just LIU but most of the NEC teams to schedule 14 non-conference games.

As the spring and summer goes along, I’ll be keeping tabs on LIU Brooklyn’s 2014-15 non-conference schedule and I’ve created a schedule tracker page to track down their games for next season as information starts making its way out to the public.