A blowout and a nail biter featured in LIU Brooklyn latest 2-0 week going into final week of regular season

Iverson Fleming blocks away Charles Tucker last second attempt to preserve LIUs 83-82 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday. Photo: Bob Dea - BHJ)

Iverson Fleming blocks away Charles Tucker last second attempt to preserve LIU Brooklyn’s 83-82 win over Sacred Heart on Saturday. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

This week was the week before THE week.

Before LIU Brooklyn plays probably their two biggest games of the season in their final week of the regular season, they needed to get by this penultimate week which featured a less than usual buzz-worthy Battle of Brooklyn game at St. Francis Brooklyn and then a matchup of the two hottest teams in the NEC with the Blackbirds hosting Sacred Heart.

On Thursday, LIU Brooklyn took the short journey across Fulton Street to the Pope Physical Education Center at St. Francis Brooklyn to take on the last-place Terriers who have had a tough season as they begin their rebuilding efforts. [Read more…]

LIU Brooklyn edges Sacred Heart to get back on track

LIU Brooklyns Iverson Fleming rebounded from his tough game at FDU with a game-high 22 points against Sacred Heart Thursday night. Bob Dea - BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn’s Iverson Fleming rebounded from his tough game at FDU with a game-high 22 points against Sacred Heart Thursday night. (Photo: Bob Dea – BHJ)

LIU Brooklyn returned to action on Thursday looking to start a new winning streak which was snapped on Saturday in their loss to first-place Fairleigh Dickinson on the road.

The Blackbirds with the help of their starting upperclassmen made just enough plays to edge out Sacred Heart at the Pitt Center in their 60-57 victory Thursday night.

LIU got off to a slow start and trailed 10-3 nearly six and half minutes into the game which saw LIU head coach Jack Perri visible frustrated and looking for some kind of spark to get his team going. Perri even inserted little-used walk-on Mitchell McMullen as well as sparsely-used senior Glenn Feidanga into the game five minutes in before quickly going back to his starters.  [Read more…]

2016-17 LIU Gameday Opponent Notes – Game 22 – Sacred Heart

Opponent Info

Opponent: Sacred Heart
Nickname: Pioneers
Conference: NEC
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

Game Information

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

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2016 NEC Basketball Media Day Notebook

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(Photo: Bob Dea – Blackbirds Hoops Journal)

This past Wednesday, the Northeast Conference conducted their annual NEC Basketball Social Media Day for the fifth consecutive season at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and NHL’s New York Islanders and once again, all ten NEC men’s head basketball coaches were in attendance along a student-athlete representative from each team.

As is the case during the preseason, hope springs eternal and everyone seemed to be in very good spirits as we are just days away now from the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

I got the opportunity to speak to eight of the ten NEC men’s basketball coaches and players with the expectations of Bryant’s Tim O’Shea and Central Connecticut’s Donyell Marshall but I was able to watch NEC Front Row/ESPN3 production put on by the wonderful people at the Northeast Conference after the event and got to hear from all ten men’s basketball coaches and players. [Read more…]

BHJ’s 2016-17 NEC Men’s Basketball Preview

When looking back at the 2015-16 Northeast Conference season, it had its usually fare of the predictable and unpredictable. Nothing displayed that more than the NEC championship final which pitted the one of the preseason favorites in Wagner against the team no one predicted would have even be in the NEC tournament much less in a NEC final in Fairleigh Dickinson. FDU went on to win the NEC title and showed why year after year, this conference can be so tough to get a true gauge on.

The 2016-17 NEC season will likely be more of the same. Several big names (Rodney Pryor, Cane Broome, BK Ashe, Martin Hermannsson) either transferred out of the NEC or decided to go pro leaving behind some big holes to fill for their teams and muddling up some expectations.

Yet, every season bring about new opportunities and new names and faces who will be thrusted into the spotlight and become major players and key figures to teams as the season goes along. [Read more…]

2016-17 NEC First Look: Sacred Heart

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Sophomore guard Quincy McKnight will one of the key weapons for Sacred Heart in 2016-17. (Photo: Sacred Heart Athletics)

2015-16 results: 12-18, 11-7 (NEC), tied for second place (fourth seed).

Impact Losses:

Cane Broome (G) – 23.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.9 APG – 2016 NEC Player of the Year, Leading scorer in the NEC – transferred to Cinncinnati
Jordan Allen (F) – 10.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG – graduated
Tevin Falzon (F) – 10.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG – graduated

Who’s In:

Charles Tucker Jr. (G) – JUCO Transfer
Shawn Montague (G)
Zach Radz (G)
Joseph Lopez (F) – JUCO Transfer

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2015-16 NEC Attendance Numbers

Last week, while I was vacationing in the (mostly) beautiful South Florida weather, the NCAA released their attendance figures for the 2015-16 men’s basketball season and all in all, it was a slightly improved season for the Northeast Conference.

The ten NEC schools increased their average home game attendance by 57 fans per game to 1,109 fans which is the first increase for the league in three seasons since the NEC reached their all-time high back in 2012-13 when they averaged 1,419 fans per game which was also the final season the NEC had twelve teams. [Read more…]