LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball

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LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
2014–15 LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball team
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds athletic logo
University Long Island University
Conference NEC
Location Brooklyn, NY
Head coach Jack Perri (3rd year)
Arena Steinberg Wellness Center
(Capacity: 3,000)
Nickname Blackbirds

Black and White

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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
Conference tournament champions
1981, 1984, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2013
Conference regular season champions
1983, 1984, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012

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 Jack Perri, who rose up from associate head coach in 2012 when Jim Ferry left for Duquesne after 10 years as the Blackbirds' 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.[1]

LIU was a national powerhouse in the 1930s and 1940s under Clair Bee, who compiled the highest winning percentage in major college basketball history. 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.

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Blackbirds have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–6.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1981 First Round Virginia Commonwealth L 69–85
1984 Preliminary Round Northeastern L 87–90
1997 First Round Villanova L 91–101
2011 Second Round North Carolina L 87–102
2012 Second Round Michigan State L 67–89
2013 First Four James Madison L 55–68

NIT results[edit]

The Blackbirds have appeared in ten National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 7–8 and they were tournament champions in 1939 and 1941.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
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.


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