LIU Brooklyn vs. James Madison- Starting Time 6:40 pm ET
The unlucky thing about this game for these two teams is that no 16th seed has ever beaten a number 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but there’s always a first time for everything.
LIU Brooklyn has won the Northeast Conference Tournament for the 3rd time in a row and has looked impressive this season despite not being the top seed. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish as the Blackbirds defeated the Mount Saint Mary’s, 91-70. LIU Brooklyn comes into the play-in game having shot 61.4% from the field in and 55.6% from 3 point range in the NEC finals.
Offense is Not a Problem
LIU Brooklyn ranks 5th in the nation in scoring (79.5 ppg) and 10th in field goal %(48.4). This can provide a problem for Indiana if the Blackbirds advance to the final 64.
Senior C.J. Garner has scored 30 or more points in 3 out of his last 4 games while forward Jamal Olaswere leads the team in scoring at 18.9 ppg and is a consistent walking double-double. This can present major problems for James Madison and the Blackbirds will look to make this a shootout. They’ve scored over 90 points in their last 4 games.
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With the Dukes, you get the complete opposite as this is a team that’s held their opponent to under 70 points in their last 6 games and doesn’t have a legitimate go to guy offensively. They’ll try to slow the tempo of this game down and it will be interesting to see which style wins out.
In their last game, James Madison got out to a quick 23-1 lead in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship over Northeastern and never looked back, 70-57. This is a team laced with seniors and this university hasn’t seen the NCAA Tournament in almost 2 decades.
Senior guard A.J. Davis has been playing way over his head lately. Davis is averaging 24 points per game in his last 5 games. This is a team that doesn’t want to see their college careers come to an end, but can they stop the offense of LIU Brooklyn is the question? I don't think so. Take LIU - Brooklyn for this 'play in' for this NCAAB pick.
NCAA Pick : LIU-Brooklyn -1 at 5 Dimes