|St. Francis (PA)||U Shannon 13.4||E Brown 8.6||U Shannon 4.1|
|Long Island||J Olasewere 18.8||J Olasewere 8.2||J Brickman 8.2|
Long Island hosts St. Francis (PA) at Athletic, Recreation & Wellness Center on Thursday. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST. The Blackbirds are 6-2 against the Red Flash over the last four years. The last time they met (1/28/2012) they won 97-76.
Long Island is 4th in the NEC and St. Francis (PA) is in 12th. Both teams continue to jockey for position. Long Island has won five games straight.
The Blackbirds got past Bryant 79-78 on January 26th with the help of 19 points and 7 rebounds from Jamal Olasewere. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 18.8 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 1.6 steals per game. For the Red Flash, Stephon Whyatt finished with 7 points and 7 assists in the 81-56 loss to Wagner on January 26th. He averages 7.4 points per game in addition to a team-best 1.0 steals per game.
Long Island appears to have a key statistical advantage over St. Francis (PA) in one area, scoring, where the Blackbirds have an edge over the Red Flash, 77 points per game to 61 points per game.
St. Francis (PA) StatSmack
- The Long Island scoring leader (Jamal Olasewere) has more points than the St. Francis scoring leader (Umar Shannon).
- We just win. Long Island has more wins over the last 5 years than St. Francis (107 vs 39).
- Long Island players are more experienced than St. Francis players (16,384 minutes played vs 12,028 minutes played).
- Long Island embarrassed St. Francis by 21 points the last time they played (Jan 28, 2012).
- Brandon Thompson is ranked 8th in the NEC in three-pointers.
- Long Island has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (62.16% to 24.09%).
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Long Island has come back to win after being down at half against St. Francis 5 times since 1996.
- How does our back look? Long Island is ranked higher than St. Francis in the NEC (#4 vs #12).
- You get an A for effort, but Long Island has emerged victorious against St. Francis the last 2 times they've played.
- Long Island has a better conference record than St. Francis this season (5-3 vs 1-7).
- Long Island has a more potent offense, scoring more points (77.1 per game vs 61.7 per game) than St. Francis this season.