LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball

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LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
2017–18 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball team
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University Long Island University
Head coach Derek Kellogg (1st season)
Conference Northeast Conference
Location Brooklyn, New York
Arena Steinberg Wellness Center
(Capacity: 3,000)
Nickname Blackbirds
Colors Black and Silver[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1936
NCAA Tournament appearances
1981, 1984, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018
Conference tournament champions
1981, 1984, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018
Conference regular season champions
NEC: 1983, 1984, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012
Metro NY: 1936, 1937, 1939

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball team represents Long Island University, located in Brooklyn, New York in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They play their home games at the Steinberg Wellness Center, formerly known as the Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center, and are members of the Northeast Conference. Their current head coach is Derek Kellogg who was hired after his firing from Massachusetts in 2017. The 2017-18 season is his first as head coach. On March 12, 2013, the team achieved what was the greatest run in Northeast Conference history with a third straight NCAA Tournament bid.[2]

History

LIU was a national powerhouse in the 1930s and 1940s under Clair Bee, who compiled the highest winning percentage in major college basketball history. The Blackbirds were retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion for the 1935–36 season by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[3] However, after several players were implicated in the point-shaving scandal of 1951, LIU shuttered its entire athletic program. It returned to the College Division (now Division II) in 1957, and only returned to Division I in the 1980s.

Postseason

NCAA Division I Tournament results

The Blackbirds have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament seven times. Their combined record is 0–7.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1981 #12 First Round #5 VCU L 69–85
1984 #11 Preliminary Round #11 Northeastern L 87–90
1997 #13 First Round #4 Villanova L 91–101
2011 #15 First Round #2 North Carolina L 87–102
2012 #16 First Round #1 Michigan State L 67–89
2013 #16 First Four #16 James Madison L 55–68
2018 #16 First Four #16 Radford L 61–71

NCAA Division II tournament results

The Blackbirds have appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. Their combined record is 6–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1965 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Cheyney
Philadelphia Textile
W 57–48
L 58–61
1966 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Drexel
Cheyney
Akron
W 62–54
W 67–64
L 68–74
1967 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Rochester
Central Connecticut State
Saint Michael's
Winston-Salem State
W 85–76
W 114–66
W 72–64
L 54–62

NIT results

The Blackbirds have appeared in National Invitation Tournament (NIT) ten times. Their combined record is 7–8 and they were NIT champions in 1939 and 1941.

Year Round Opponent Result
1938 Quarterfinals NYU L 37–39
1939 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
New Mexico A&M
Bradley
Loyola (IL)
W 52–45
W 36–33
W 45–32
1940 Quarterfinals DePaul L 38–45
1941 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Westminster
Seton Hall
Ohio
W 48–36
W 49–26
W 56–42
1942 Quarterfinals West Virginia L 49–58
1947 Quarterfinals Kentucky L 62–66
1950 Quarterfinals Syracuse L 52–80
1968 First Round
Quarterfinals
Bradley
Notre Dame
W 80–77
L 60–62
1982 First Round Illinois L 78–126
1998 First Round Dayton L 92–95

Rivalry

The Battle of Brooklyn plaque listing the past winners since 1976

Beginning in the 1975–1976 season, an annual Battle of Brooklyn game was dedicated to tribute William Lai and Daniel Lynch, former athletic directors at Long Island University and St. Francis College, respectively. The Battle of Brooklyn has been a tradition between the basketball programs for 40 years. Each year the most valuable player of the game is given the Lai-Lynch Trophy in memory of the two ADs. Long Island now has a Battle record of 23–17 against St. Francis.

References

  1. ^ LIU Brooklyn Guide (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "LIU Brooklyn makes history with third consecutive Northeast Conference title after defeating Mount St. Mary's". New York Daily News. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  3. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 544. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.

External links

  • Long Island Blackbirds
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