|Long Island||J Olasewere 18.7||J Olasewere 8.1||J Brickman 7.9|
|St. Francis (NY)||J Cannon 16.1||J Cannon 9.2||B Jones 4.1|
Long Island visits Pope Physical Education Center on Thursday to take on St. Francis (NY). It gets started at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on MSG. The Blackbirds are 7-1 against the Terriers over the last four years. They won 81-78 on 2/12/2012 the last time they played.
Long Island is in 5th place in the NEC, St. Francis (NY) is in 2nd place.
In a 75-65 win over Monmouth on January 19th, C.J. Garner put up 16 points and 5 assists for the Blackbirds. He contributes 3.9 rebounds per game in addition to his 12.9 points per game. For the Terriers, Travis Nichols put up 15 points and 7 rebounds in the 70-51 blowout of Fairleigh Dickinson on January 19th. He contributes 4.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.4 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, St. Francis (NY) is strong in turnover percentage at 18.7. This is good enough for 2nd in the conference and 87th in the nation.
St. Francis (NY) StatSmack
- At least you keep showing up. Long Island has an average margin of victory of 8 over St. Francis in 43 wins since 1980.
- Long Island beat St. Francis by 3 points the last time they played (Feb 12, 2012).
- Long Island has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.621 to 0.423).
- The Long Island scoring leader (Jamal Olasewere) has more points than the St. Francis scoring leader (Jalen Cannon).
- Long Island takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than St. Francis (2 vs 0).
- Jamal Olasewere is ranked 2nd in the NEC in points, 3rd in the NEC in rebounds, and 5th in the NEC in steals.
- Julian Boyd is ranked 10th in the NEC in points and 6th in the NEC in blocks.
- We just win. Long Island has more wins over the last 5 years than St. Francis (102 vs 62).
- E.J. Reed is ranked 6th in the NEC in blocks.
- The Long Island assist leader (Jason Brickman) has more assists than the St. Francis assist leader (Brent Jones).
- Long Island is better under pressure, and has defeated St. Francis in 11 out of the last 16 games decided by 5 points or fewer.