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Kentucky, MD highlight LIU's schedule

Hofstra's #23 Mike Moore drives to the net

Hofstra's #23 Mike Moore drives to the net and past LIU's defense of #42 Julian Boyd and #21 Arnold Mayorgo during the first half. (Nov. 11, 2011) Credit: Bob Mitchell

LIU-Brooklyn is hoping to start its season off with a bang under new coach Jack Perri. The two-time defending NEC champion Blackbirds open their season against Morehead State on November 9 at the brand new Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

“Opening up at the new Barclays Center is a tremendous honor for our program,” said Perri, who took over for Jim Ferry. “It is great for basketball in Brooklyn and we are really looking forward to our continued relationship with Barclays as our 'home away from home' this season and into the future.”

Things get much tougher, though, as the Blackbirds played three straight road games, at Lafayette (Nov. 12), Maryland (Nov. 16) and against defending national champion Kentucky (Nov. 23).

LIU returns home for a three-game stretch that includes a contest against Columbia on November 28, the second of a home-at-home series against Lafayette on December 1 and Hofstra on December 8.

LIU should be up for all challenges. With four starters returning from last season’s 25-9 NCAA Tournament team –Julian Boyd, C.J. Garner, Jason Brickman, Jamal Olasewere– the Blackbirds are poised to make their third straight trip to the tournament. 

A road game against Rice on December 12, a home contest versus Manhattan (Dec. 16) and a game at St. Peter’s on December 19 will lead the Blackbirds into the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Festival.

LIU will take on Seton Hall in the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Festival at the Barclays Center on December 22. Manhattan and South Carolina will play in the second game of the event.

“I feel that our non-conference schedule is one of the toughest we’ve had since I have been here," said Perri, who spent seven years as an assistant on Ferry’s staff. "The two trips to Texas are great for our Texas kids, and playing against opponents such as Seton Hall, Maryland and defending national champion Kentucky can only help prepare us for conference play. I know our guys are excited and up for the challenge that lies ahead.”  

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