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LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball team represented the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (LIU), located in downtown Brooklyn in New York City, New York, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. The Blackbirds most recently played their home games at the Steinberg Wellness Center, formerly known as the Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center, and were members of the Northeast Conference.

LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
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UniversityLong Island University
Head coachDerek Kellogg (2nd season)
ConferenceNortheast Conference
LocationBrooklyn, New York
ArenaSteinberg Wellness Center
(Capacity: 3,000)
NicknameBlackbirds
ColorsBlack 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

Their final head coach was Derek Kellogg, who was hired after his firing from Massachusetts in 2017, with 2017-18 season was 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]

In October 2018, LIU announced that it would merge its two existing athletic programs—the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and LIU Post Pioneers, the latter an NCAA Division II member—effective with the 2019–20 school year. The merged athletic program now competes as the LIU Sharks, with the new colors of blue and gold, with Kellogg becoming the Sharks' first head men's basketball coach.[3][4]

HistoryEdit

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.[5] 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 the University Division (the predecessor to Division I) in the late 1960s.

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Division I Tournament resultsEdit

The Blackbirds appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament seven times. Their combined record was 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 resultsEdit

The Blackbirds appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. Their combined record was 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 resultsEdit

The Blackbirds appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) ten times. Their combined record was 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

RivalryEdit

 
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.

ReferencesEdit

  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 March 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "LIU combining Post and Brooklyn athletic programs". Newsday. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  4. ^ "#OneLIU website". Long Island University. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  5. ^ 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.

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