NEC News of the Day: Anticipation Nears Boiling Point for Verrazano Bridge Clash Saturday on ESPNU

Are you ready?

Walt Hameline and John Suarez are!

The two athletic directors exchanged a few thoughts in advance of Saturday night’s primetime hoops showdown on ESPNU.

Like a number of NYC basketball fans, Hameline and Suarez are anticipating an awesome night on Grymes Hill when defending NEC champion LIU Brooklyn crosses the Verrazano to face Dan Hurley’s surging Wagner Seahawks.

Both teams enter the matchup riding eight-game win streaks.

For Wagner, that eight-game surge is its longest since the 1978-79 season when PJ Carlesimo was at the head of the bench. 

Meanwhile, Jim Ferry’s Blackbirds have not only won eight straight in defense of their NEC crown, but they have triumphed in each of their last 20 contests against conference opponents.

As they say, something’s got to give on Saturday night, so don’t miss it.  Tune into ESPNU at 7:00 pm EST.


LIU Brooklyn at Wagner
Saturday, January 21 – 7:00 pm
Spiro Sports Center – Staten Island, NY



Where the two teams stand heading into Saturday’s Showdown
– WC is off to 15-3 start, best since 1955-56.

– Wagner’s 15-3 start is the best in the NEC since CCSU began the 1999-00 season 19-2.

– Wagner has eight road wins, tied with Murray State and Cleveland State for most in nation.

– LIU has won 17 straight NEC regular season games.  Record is 20 (CCSU from 2001-03).

– Counting the NEC Tournament, LIU has won 20 in a row against league rivals.

– LIU has won 19 straight at home, sixth longest in the nation behind Kentucky (46), Duke (45), Ohio State (36), North Carolina (28) and Harvard (23). 

– Julian Boyd reached 1,000 points against FDU on Jan. 12.  Jamal Olasewere scored his 1,000th point against St. Francis (NY) last night.

– Tyler Murray is a 1,000-point scorer for Wagner.  Fellow Seahawk Chris Martin is 51 points away. 


Today’s Articles of Interest
MU women’s hoops scouting report plus POLL and PredictionAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

MU men’s hoops scouting report vs. RMU plus POLL and predictionAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

Bench helps Hawks hold off Red FlashAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

Wagner College rallies past St. Francis for Northeast Conference win, 73-61Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)

Central men handle BryantNew Britain Herald (Matt Straub)

Montes leads SHU past QuinnipiacConnecticut Post (Bill Paxton)

Bobcats’ chances against Pioneers falls by the boardsNew Haven Register (Bill Cloutier)

Robert Morris men win over Fairleigh Dickinson on roadPittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wagner College men’s basketball squad gets ready for pivotal weekStaten Island Advance


– Jan. 20, 2012 – 

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