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LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball

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]

LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
2018–19 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball team
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UniversityLong Island University
Head coachDerek Kellogg (2nd season)
ConferenceNortheast Conference
LocationBrooklyn, New York
ArenaSteinberg Wellness Center
(Capacity: 3,000)
ColorsBlack and Silver[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions
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



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.

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds will pass into history when LIU merges them with the Division II LIU Post Pioneers on July 1, 2019. The new program will compete as the LIU Sharks name with colors of blue and gold.[4][5]


NCAA Division I Tournament resultsEdit

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 resultsEdit

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
Philadelphia Textile
W 57–48
L 58–61
1966 Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
W 62–54
W 67–64
L 68–74
1967 Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
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 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
Championship Game
New Mexico A&M
Loyola (IL)
W 52–45
W 36–33
W 45–32
1940 Quarterfinals DePaul L 38–45
1941 Quarterfinals
Championship Game
Seton Hall
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
Notre Dame
W 80–77
L 60–62
1982 First Round Illinois L 78–126
1998 First Round Dayton L 92–95


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.


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

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