What to Expect: LIU Brooklyn

  • 11/11/2013 11:52 am in

Indiana plays its first of four games in the 2K Sports Classic — benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project — on Tuesday night when it welcomes LIU Brooklyn to Assembly Hall. It will be first ever meeting between the two programs.

The game will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. ET on BTN with Chris Denari and Stephen Bardo on the call as well as the IU radio network.

Despite three straight Northeast Conference Tournament crowns that propelled the program to three NCAA Tournament trips, LIU Brooklyn enters the 2013-2014 as an underdog.

The Blackbirds, who lost sixth-year forward Julian Boyd to a knee injury until at least January, were picked to finish fourth in the NEC as they seek a fourth straight ticket to March Madness.

PERSONNEL

With Boyd, who was the NEC player of the year for the 2011-2012 season, out for an extended period of time, senior point guard Jason Brickman will carry an even heavier load to begin the season. Brickman, who had 13 points and 14 assists in LIU Brooklyn’s win over Saint Peter’s on Saturday, led the country in assists per game last season (8.5) and was 18th in assist rate (39.6).

Brickman has a chance to become just the fourth player in NCAA history to reach the 1,000 assist plateau. He’s also a capable shooter as he posted a 3-point field goal percentage of 46.2 and an effective field goal percentage of 58.1 last season.

Joining Brickman in the backcourt is sophomore Gerrell Martin, who scored a team-high 24 points in the opener, but only averaged about 10 minutes per game last season. Gilbert Parge, a transfer from Iona who sat out last season, started as a third guard in the opener and scored 13 points in 30 minutes.

In the frontcourt, E.J. Reed, who was on the All-NEC rookie team last season, is a solid offensive rebounder (9.0 OR%) and shot blocker (4.7 block percentage). Junior college transfer Landon Atterberry, a 6-foot-6 forward, had 11 points and four rebounds in his LIU Brooklyn debut on Saturday.

A QUICK TEMPO-FREE GLANCE

If you thought Friday’s 86 (!) possession game with Chicago State was entertaining, you may be in store for an encore as the Blackbirds love to run. In each of the last three seasons, LIU Brooklyn has ranked in the top 35 of Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted tempo. In 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the Blackbirds were in the top three.

In each of those seasons, the result of the frantic pace has resulted in a somewhat efficienct offense and a defense that offers little resistance. In last season’s 20-win campaign, LIU Brooklyn was 44th nationally in offensive efficiency, but ranked just 326th in defensive efficiency.

Indiana shouldn’t have much of a problem scoring, but LIU Brooklyn is far less foul prone than Chicago State was and has a much better shooting team (11-of-24 from behind the 3-point line in the opener), so the challenge defensively for the Hoosiers will be greater.

WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO

The KenPom prediction is Indiana by 21 with the Hoosiers at a win probability of 96 percent. As is the case in nearly ever guarantee game that is played in Assembly Hall and throughout the country, the home team owns a significant talent advantage that is typically magnified when a low-major team is forced to play on the road.

With the pace once again expected to be frantic, Indiana will likely play plenty of guys and the point guard matchup of Yogi Ferrell and Brickman should be entertaining to watch.

QUICK FACTS ON LIU BROOKLYN

Enrollment: 24,170
Established: 1926

All tempo-free stats from KenPom.com.

(Photo credit: Associated Press)

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  • MillaRed

    Watched the Chicago State game last night and was not very impressed. I know we like to attack but when it looks like playground hoops it isn’t a good thing. There are turnovers and there are bad turnovers. We had the latter.

    What offense are we running out there? I really cant figure it out. Why didn’t Chicago State stay in that zone? I think the zone will continue to haunt us this year.

  • colinbb10

    hopefully we can expect to see a more packed Assembly Hall. Step it up, students!

  • HoosierCruz

    I agree with you on the turnovers, but I have been impressed by the improvement we have shown each game this year. The TO% last game was actually on track with how we performed as the #1 team at the same time last year.

    I was also confused by why ChSt left the zone that was working pretty well for them. I hope that all of the zone looks we get this year will teach Crean & Co. how to win against it

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Looks like we are in competition with the football team to see who can play faster. we are gonna take our lumps this year no doubt because turnovers and defense against the good teams, but we will still be fun to watch

  • drewheck

    One game is not an accurate assessment of how our season will look the mistakes will get fixed I expect to see less turnovers and lockdown d

  • msquaredb

    According to an article here the announced attendance was 17.472 (full capacity of AH). Did students leave early in the Chicago State game?

  • gohoosiers09

    thank you, people are freaking out already it takes awhile to get it together with such a young squad.

  • SCHoosier

    Couldn’t agree more MIlla. IU could have gotten a more competitive game (with better shot selection and schemes) from the weekend “I got next ” crowd at the YMCA in most major cities around the country. I don’t think IU has an offense yet other than..”get ball..run with ball fast..try to put it in hole,,and keep trying.” Great potential on our roster..but a LOT of development required..especially for the half court games required in the B-10. It’s early..they are young…but when IU get’s a 20 pt lead against these cupcakes..I’d like to see TC insist that the team slow it down..and work hard on passing the ball effectively in a half court scheme. Way too much reckless running..sloppy dribbling and passing…and unfortunately both Will and Yogi had more than their share. Disappointing…because simply running helter-skelter against inferior teams..using 10 different players…proves only that the Hoosiers are athletic and in damn good shape. Both positives but only the beginning.

  • InTheMtns

    They announced that the “sold attendance was 17,472” and that “the game was sold out.” But they didn’t announce the “actual attendance.” Sometimes people who have tickets to the game don’t show up for the game. Listen carefully next time to how they word it because Indiana seldom announces the actual attendance. When the Hall is completely packed, sometimes they will, but usually they announce the “sold attendance.”

  • MillaRed

    So any time someone in here criticizes CTC or the program in general they are “freaking out!” That’s just simple thinking.

    And yes we can learn a lot from one game. And yes we all have been following basketball for 20-40 years and know we will get better.

    Open minds people………open minds……….

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Wow – it’s not a video tape delay at 10:30 PM on a Sunday Night?!?!?!?!?! Thank you B1G Network, I can’t wait to actually be able to watch the game at working adult times!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I think the point on the one game comment goes a little like this — look, we are only returning 2 players who had significant minutes last year. We are relying on primarily freshman & sophomores. Granted, they are very talented freshman & sophomores, but they are still just getting used to playing college basketball and playing with one-another. Building team chemistry and experience will equal less turnovers.
    If they are still in the 20% per/possession turnover rate after 8-10 games, it could be ugly in the B1G play.
    On a side note, I’m going really enjoy flipping back and forth to the MSU game and watching MSU teach Kentucky about the concepts discussed in this post!

  • Robert Harlan

    Give the kids an opportunity to get out and run…they’ve worked hard on conditioning and have pretty much been playing against themselves all summer… Let the leash off early…and tomorrow really concentrate on eliminating turnovers…one game at a time…I like all the pieces…come B1G, these boys will be ready…all of these kids come from winning programs, they know how to win…now they just need competition….steel sharpens steel!

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    You mean the “unfair” game between pUKe and Michigan State? Haha. What a load of ……

    Calipari turns Kentucky (a once proud program) into the train-wreck, NBA waiting room program that it is and then has the nerve to say that it’s “not fair” that his young team has expectations against a senior-laden, talented MSU team? If you choose to build your program that way, Johnny, you don’t get the luxury of complaining the byproducts are “not fair.”

    That’s like cheating on your wife and then complaining it’s “not fair” when you get caught……

    I hope the Spartans deliver a good, old-fashioned you-know-what…..

  • jpniles

    To be fair, Calipari’s comment was aimed at Izzo. Izzo mentioned that it was unfair to play UK because all he had to go on was High School game footage. It was banter back and forth with Izzo. I am all for bashing on pUKe, but let’s get our facts straight so we don’t look like them.

  • IULore

    Turnovers were not that high on a per possesion basis.

  • MillaRed

    At times, Wil and Yogi looked as bad as the freshmen.

  • MillaRed

    wasn’t it 22%? Matched last seasons high? I could be wrong. If we are trying to make a play it’s one thing, but going 1 on 3 doesn’t make sense.

    I’m not losing sleep guys I’m just sayin’ that was pretty ugly.

  • freethrow

    And we learned even more after 2 games. Noah was guaranteed to be 0 for the season from the line… Look, we are way deeper and way more athletic than last year. Give them time.

  • SCHoosier

    Putting things in a realistic perspective..some of which is questioning..is not freaking out my friend. Its called analysis and debate..all part of what this site is about.(I think)

  • indiana.austin

    I AM EXCITED!!! Yes the team has a long way to go, erasing/overwriting all of those nasty habits from AAU ball. All the same, we have a ton of potential and we all know what CTC does with potential.

    With that being said, we should out-rebound and shoot/make more free throws than our competition in every game. Yes our outside shooting is lacking, but I see our athleticism and hustle making up for a lot of our mistakes. Ugly games will be the norm until the boys buy in to CTC’s scheme and our defense leads to our offense. That and some unselfish passing creating more assists and we will be fine. Enjoy the season…..we have a young exciting team and we are building towards a banner. The journey is much more fun then the destination. Let Crean do what he does best and let us do what we do best: Support our players, coach, team, school and state. Let your optimism abound…….Go HOOSIERS!!!!

  • Ole Man

    Cal is also psyching up his young team. He knows what he’s accomplishing by saying what he is saying.

  • Ole Man

    Agree, Milla. Right now they’re playing one level up from AAU ball. They have a long, long road to travel.

    Heck; they couldn’t even score against that 2/3 zone. What will they do when they see a real one.

    Not saying they won’t improve. Just saying that they need to begin to practice some set plays.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    All I’m expecting right now is sloppy wins with lots of flaws exposed. Last year at this time, I was expecting more polish. We are right on track. If we look this sloppy 1-2 months from now, then I’ll be worried. For now I’m just enjoying the show and appreciating each win.

  • doodle777

    If Yogi was ever going to dominate it should have been this game, we will never be a great team with him at point and Hollowell touching the ball at all, Crean needs to put Stan at point and start from scratch at least we will have something next year. Was very impressed with Devin, Troy, and Noah.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Many of us have been on ITH for years and have watched other posters and anyone who’s been on here for an extended period of time can tell you that Milla, though he has been mistaken for a nun occasionally, is a 110% die-hard supporter of the Hoosiers.

    I think it’s fair for him, or any other diehard fan on here, to question things from time to time. I don’t recall him bashing on CTC. He merely mentioned that he wasn’t impressed and was concerned with offensive continuity.

    Many of us here pointed out a lot of the good things after the game Friday night, but many of us also pointed out that it would be nice to see IU develop some set plays and a solid half-court offense because you aren’t going to be able to push the ball like they did against MSU, Wisc, or others in the B1G.

    I choose to see the glass 1/2 full when you see the length of this team and the potential rebounding advantage, but I definitely agree that this team isn’t going to beat top teams by deploying the “playground” offense we saw the other night for most of the game.

  • TomJameson

    I think I’ve been seeing what I expected from this team. A long, athletic team running with the ball, but improving from game-to-game. I agree that the game was very sloppy and looked like a school yard pick up game, but there were flashes of what’s to come. Remember CTC came away with a 5 page laundry list of things to improve. Also remember, CTC told the team to play fast and attack the basket, which they did with mixed results. They were following instructions, and looked like they had fun doing it. 🙂
    I don’t think anybody is freaking out, although I agree with most of what was said by those doing the alleged “freaking”. I heard a lot of real fans concerned with what we look like right now, but I also heard them saying how excited they are for this team. Heck, I’ll even say that one of my favorites, TW, looked like he just fell over his own feet several times because he was trying to play so fast.
    One more thing. I’ve read ITH for years before I ever started posting, and I really respect a lot of the posters here, don’t always agree, but almost always learn something. One of those posters is MillaRed and, as far as I remember, Milla doesn’t really need any defense help from anybody. lol

  • kaponya44

    CTC is in experimental mode with the youngsters. Expect looks were not used to since this team is on a higher shelf talent-wise than what he has had recently.If he was not critical of the teams play then I might be scared.It might look ugly at times but once this squad “gets it” mistakes will iron out.The first games against high major schools will open their eyes to what needs to be done in order to defeat teams on par with our talent but with more experience.

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    I’m well aware of the facts.

    I know it was a back-and-forth. What I’m saying is, there’s a little validity to what Izzo is saying. It’s probably true that he may have a tough time preparing for a team full of 13-year-olds. But that’s not a product of any of his own decisions. I think “not fair” is a stretch, but Izzo hasn’t had any hand in assembling the pUKe roster, Calipari has.

    Izzo is talking about something he can’t control. Calipari is crying “not fair” about a situation he created. Completely different.

    Like I said, you can’t complain about something you made a conscious decision to do……

  • Aiken_Hoosier

    No doubt.

  • Bled4IU

    Did you just say we will never be a great team with Yogi running the point? If so, that has to be the dumbest post i’ve ever read on here. Wow!

  • sarge

    Yeah but unlike last year everyone on the court can find there own shot instead of running the offense through one player (CZ). I think you are right, but by the end of the season I see us being very difficult to play if we mesh offensively. Defensively we are already seeing improvements from the exhibitions, and I think you can count on this team to consistently get to the free throw line.

  • Blair McKee

    Fast-tempo basketball is far better to watch than Princeton-style slow-down style. It also shows off your athletes, which IU has a-plenty.
    And I get to actually watch the game on BTN!

    Go Hoosiers!

  • JB30

    Help! Is there any way to stream the game tonight online? I don’t have cable at the moment. I have all-access subscription to Big Ten Digital Network but it doesn’t look like they are streaming the game…???

  • MillaRed

    I noticed the game announcers mentioned the Hoosiers were struggling 5 times. At one point, “Coach Crean will not be pleased.”

    The sky is blue and some peeps cannot accept any form of criticism. No worries.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Yeah – that is depressing. Yogi’s decision making isn’t always the best. If both of them want to play in the NBA, they need to learn to take better care of the basketball. I didn’t get to see the Chicago State game because it was past my bedtime, but I do agree with you Milla on the point that they have not taken care of the ball.

  • Ole Man

    I think this is a fair analysis of Yogi; but I don’t feel that Will’s play was nearly as out of control as Yogi’s. I don’t know why people keep lumping them together.
    In fact, I’m very pleased with Will and how well he is assimilating himself into the role of a starter.

  • IUMIKE1

    You really must cease this rational thinking stuff. What the hell are we gonna do if this type of thing spreads ?

  • MillaRed

    Sheehey had 3 TOs and a drive to the lane vs 3 guys that was easily swatted. May as well have been a TO. Just sayin’.

  • Ole Man

    Too true. Still, IMO, he is miles ahead in his game from Yogi. That’s all I was trying to say.