LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds men's basketball team represented the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University (LIU), located in downtown Brooklyn in New York City, New York, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. The Blackbirds most recently played their home games at the Steinberg Wellness Center, formerly known as the Wellness, Recreation & Athletics Center, and were members of the Northeast Conference.

LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds
UniversityLong Island University
Head coachDerek Kellogg (2nd season)
ConferenceNortheast Conference
LocationBrooklyn, New York
ArenaSteinberg Wellness Center
(Capacity: 3,000)
ColorsBlack and Silver[1]
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1981, 1984, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018
Conference Tournament Champions
1981, 1984, 1997, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2018
Conference Regular Season Champions
NEC: 1983, 1984, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012
Metro NY: 1936, 1937, 1939

Their final head coach was Derek Kellogg, who was hired after his firing from Massachusetts in 2017, with 2017-18 season was his first as head coach. On March 12, 2013, the team achieved what was the greatest run in Northeast Conference history with a third straight NCAA Tournament bid.[2]

In October 2018, LIU announced that it would merge its two existing athletic programs—the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and LIU Post Pioneers, the latter an NCAA Division II member—effective with the 2019–20 school year. The merged athletic program now competes as the LIU Sharks, with the new colors of blue and gold, with Kellogg becoming the Sharks' first head men's basketball coach.[3][4]


LIU was a national powerhouse in the 1930s and 1940s under Clair Bee, who compiled the highest winning percentage in major college basketball history. The Blackbirds were retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion for the 1935–36 season by the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[5] However, after several players were implicated in the point-shaving scandal of 1951, LIU shuttered its entire athletic program. It returned to the College Division (now Division II) in 1957, and only returned to the University Division (the predecessor to Division I) in the late 1960s.


NCAA Division I Tournament results

The Blackbirds appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament seven times. Their combined record was 0–7.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1981#12First Round#5 VCUL 69–85
1984#11Preliminary Round#11 NortheasternL 87–90
1997#13First Round#4 VillanovaL 91–101
2011#15First Round#2 North CarolinaL 87–102
2012#16First Round#1 Michigan StateL 67–89
2013#16First Four#16 James MadisonL 55–68
2018#16First Four#16 RadfordL 61–71

NCAA Division II tournament results

The Blackbirds appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament three times. Their combined record was 6–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1965Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Philadelphia Textile
W 57–48
L 58–61
1966Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
W 62–54
W 67–64
L 68–74
1967Regional Quarterfinals
Regional Semifinals
Regional Finals
Elite Eight
Central Connecticut State
Saint Michael's
Winston-Salem State
W 85–76
W 114–66
W 72–64
L 54–62

NIT results

The Blackbirds appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) ten times. Their combined record was 7–8 and they were NIT champions in 1939 and 1941.

Year Round Opponent Result
1938QuarterfinalsNYUL 37–39
Championship Game
New Mexico A&M
Loyola (IL)
W 52–45
W 36–33
W 45–32
1940QuarterfinalsDePaulL 38–45
Championship Game
Seton Hall
W 48–36
W 49–26
W 56–42
1942QuarterfinalsWest VirginiaL 49–58
1947QuarterfinalsKentuckyL 62–66
1950QuarterfinalsSyracuseL 52–80
1968First Round
Notre Dame
W 80–77
L 60–62
1982First RoundIllinoisL 78–126
1998First RoundDaytonL 92–95


Beginning in the 1975–1976 season, an annual Battle of Brooklyn game was dedicated to tribute William Lai and Daniel Lynch, former athletic directors at Long Island University and St. Francis College, respectively. The Battle of Brooklyn has been a tradition between the basketball programs for 40 years. Each year the most valuable player of the game is given the Lai-Lynch Trophy in memory of the two ADs. Long Island now has a Battle record of 23–17 against St. Francis.


  1. LIU Brooklyn Guide (PDF). Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  2. "LIU Brooklyn makes history with third consecutive Northeast Conference title after defeating Mount St. Mary's". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  3. "LIU combining Post and Brooklyn athletic programs". Newsday. October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  4. "#OneLIU website". Long Island University. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  5. ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York, NY: ESPN Books. p. 544. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2.
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