Long Island vs. Sacred Heart: Full Game Preview

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Long Island vs. Sacred Heart: Full Game Preview
Long Island
(5-7, 1-5 away)
Sacred Heart
(2-9, 1-3 home)
Venue: William Pitt Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 03, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Long Island J Olasewere 18.7 J Olasewere 7.4 J Brickman 8.2
Sacred Heart S Gibson 16.3 L Montes 6.7 P Gaetano 6.7

With just a few games played, this might set the tone for the conference campaign for both teams. The Pioneers stand at 2-9 overall and are playing their first NEC game. Meanwhile, the Blackbirds have a record of 5-7 and are also playing their first conference game. The Pioneers are ranked No. 250 in the RPI and the Blackbirds are at No. 273. Sacred Heart has lost its last seven games. The Pioneers went 0-3 against the Blackbirds last year, losing by an average margin of 10. Over the last four seasons, Sacred Heart is 1-6 against Long Island, including 1-2 at home.

Long Island StatSmack

  • Louis Montes is ranked 8th in the NEC in rebounds.
  • Shane Gibson is ranked 7th in the NEC in points and 6th in the NEC in three-pointers.
  • Even computers respect Sacred Heart more. We have a better RPI this season than Long Island (RPI: #250 vs #273).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Sacred Heart has a stronger schedule than Long Island this season (SOS Rank: #101 vs #313).
  • At least you keep showing up. Sacred Heart has an average margin of victory of 7 over Long Island in 8 wins since 1997.
  • Sacred Heart is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Sacred Heart is 76.6 inches compared to 75.6 inches for Long Island.
  • Nick Greenbacker is ranked 9th in the NEC in blocks.
  • The Sacred Heart three-point leader (Shane Gibson) has more three-pointers than the Long Island three-point leader (Brandon Thompson).
  • Phil Gaetano is ranked 31st nationally in assists.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Sacred Heart currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (971 to 951) than Long Island, per the NCAA.
  • The Sacred Heart basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Long Island (92% vs 78%).
LIU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Jamal Olasewere 28 19 7 1 2 1 3
C+ Julian Boyd 29 19 6 1 1 1 1
C Jason Brickman 35 10 2 8 1 0 3
C C.J. Garner 34 11 4 3 1 1 2
C- B. Thompson 27 10 3 2 1 1 1
D E.J. Reed 16 4 4 0 0 1 1
D Booker Hucks 10 5 2 0 0 0 1
D Gerrell Martin 13 4 2 1 0 0 0
D- Kenny Onyechi 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
F D.J. Griggs 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Khalil Murphy 11 1 2 0 0 0 1
F Troy Joseph 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
SHU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Louis Montes 29 13 7 1 1 0 2
C+ Shane Gibson 29 16 3 1 1 0 3
C Steve Glowiak 24 9 2 1 1 0 1
C- Evan Kelley 26 6 4 1 0 0 1
C- Phil Gaetano 33 4 3 7 1 0 4
C- J. Swidowski 20 7 4 0 0 0 1
D+ Femi Akinpetide 20 5 5 0 0 0 2
D N. Greenbacker 18 4 2 1 1 1 1
D De`Aires Tate 12 3 3 0 0 1 1
D Tevin Falzon 13 3 2 0 0 0 1
D- M. Abdel Latif 7 1 2 0 0 0 0
F Lewis Cramer 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
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