Getting To Know LIUB

Learn more about Michigan State's opening opponent in the NCAA Tournament, Long Island University of Brooklyn.

Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds

Tournament Appearances: 4 | Tournament Record: 0-4

Final Fours: 0 | Championships: 0

Last Tournament Appearance: 2011 Lost to North Carolina in first round, 102-87

2011 Record: 25-8, 16-2 NEC

Points Per Game: 81.9 | Rebounds Per Game: 38.6 | Assists Per Game: 14.8

Earned Dance Card: Won Northeast Conference title by beating Robert Morris 90-73

Head Coach: Jim Ferry

Ferry is a native of New York who cut his coaching teeth in the Division II ranks before arriving at Long Island Brooklyn prior to the 2002-03 season. Entering the tournament Ferry has posted a career mark with the Blackbirds of 150 – 148.

Leading Scorers: Julian Boyd (17.4 avg) | Jamal Olasewere (16.8 avg)

Boyd is a 6-foot-7 junior forward who missed the 2009-10 season due to medical reasons but came back strong last season starting all 33 of the Blackbirds contests and leading the team in scoring (13.0 points per game) and rebounds (8.9 rebounds per game). This year he's topped his previous highs scoring 558 total points (17.4 avg) and pulling down 305 total rebounds (9.5 avg) to go with 21 blocks and 16 steals.

Olasewere is also a 6-foot-7 junior forward who has continued to take his game to another level during this season having scored 556 total points (16.8 avg) and pulling down 247 total rebounds (7.5 avg) to go with 36 blocked shots and 49 steals.

Leading Rebounder: Julian Boyd (see above)

Assist Leader: Jason Brickman

Brickman is a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard who appeared in 33 games as a freshman following it up this season with 33 starts. On the year Brickman has posted 242 assist to go with his 321 total points scored (9.7 avg.).

Leading Shot Blocker: Jamal Olasewere

Olasewere not only uses his frame to be one of the top scorers for the Blackbirds, he's also the teams leading shot blocker with 36 on the season.

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