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March Madness 2013: Long Island-Brooklyn Blackbirds are in the NCAA Tournament

Conference/Record: Northeast Conference (20-13)

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Famous Alums/Attendees: Jacqueline Harry, you know, Jackée from 227. Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas, Casino).

Social Media: @LIUBasketball is the official basketball team account.

Random Fun Fact: Welcome Back Kotter, set in Brooklyn, was my favorite show as a kindergartener. If you thank that’s weird, up your nose with a rubber hose.

Tournament History/Most Recent: LIU has lost all five appearances, including each of the last two years (against North Carolina and Michigan State).

Good Wins/Bad Losses: Lost to Maryland, Kentucky, and Seton Hall. Best win is Lafayette? They only played Robert Morris once, and did not have to face them in the conference tournament.

Notable Player(s): Jamal Olasewere led the team in scoring this year, getting to the line a whopping 260 times this year.

All-Important Rankings: 61(RPI), 59 (Pomeroy), 57 (Seven Overtimes)

Outlook/Seed: LIU-Brooklyn faces Jason McIntyre’s alma mater, James Madison, in tonight’s First Four game. LIU-Brooklyn plays an up tempo style. They have really struggled defensively as teams are making over 50% of their twos against the Blackbirds. Expect a frenetic game that could include some runs. The winner gets Indiana.

Other Tournament Profiles:

James Madison
Florida Gulf Coast
Harvard
Liberty
Creighton
Belmont
Bucknell
Gonzaga
Saint Louis
Albany
Pacific
Iona
Valparaiso

 

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