When the Barclays Center opened earlier this year, the ownership group devised a plan to help it become a second hoops mecca in New York City.
Aside from hosting Nets games, the stadium has been home to a number of various college basketball tournaments and events. The latest one is the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, featuring six teams competing in three different games during one exciting day of action.
Let’s take a look at when this takes place, the list of participants, make a prediction for each game and more.
When: Saturday, December 22 at 3 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Game 1: Tulane (8-3) vs. Hofstra (3-8)
The opening game of the Holiday Hoops Invitational features the Conference USA-leading Green Wave going up against a mediocre Pride that have struggled to win in the early portions of the 2012-13 season.
Keep an eye out for Tulane’s Josh Davis, as he leads the team in both points and rebounds. He’s an all-around monster and may just have his way against this undermanned opponent.
Hofstra is going to need a good game out of sophomore Taran Buie if it is going to pull off the upset, as he is averaging 15.3 points per game and has the potential to go off—like he did (for 29 points) against LIU Brooklyn earlier this month.
Prediction: Tulane 69, Hofstra 58
Game 2: South Carolina (7-3) vs. Manhattan (3-6)
The Gamecocks are taking a trek north to battle a feisty Jaspers squad in what looks to be a lopsided matchup between the SEC favorite and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference underdog.
Manhattan hasn’t had much luck against teams ripe with athleticism, and it was blown out by Louisville, 79-51, to open the season. Considering USC has a number of quick and strong players—such as Brenton Williams, LaShay Page and Lakeem Jackson—we don’t think the Jaspers have a chance.
Of course, anything can happen on the hardwood, especially with a pro-Manhattan crowd expected to be traveling over a borough to support their Jaspers.
Prediction: South Carolina 78, Manhattan 60
Game 3: Seton Hall (9-2) vs. LIU Brooklyn (5-5)
These Seton Hall Pirates are once again atop the Big East and look to remain there by picking up a win over the Blackbirds on Saturday.
It’s not going to be easy, as LIU is one of the most fast-paced teams in the country and has shown the ability to score on anyone. The squad averages 78.5 points per game, largely due to its propensity to share the ball—which shows with a solid 16.2 assists per contest.
However, Seton Hall has an elite scorer in Fuquan Edwin and the firepower to outgun the defensively challenged opposition.
It’ll be a closer matchup than most expect, but the Pirates will leave Brooklyn with a W.
Prediction: Seton Hall 82, LIU Brooklyn 76