Here are three things to watch for when LIU Brooklyn (23-8, 16-2 NEC) takes on Quinnipiac (18-12, 10-8 NEC) on Sunday evening at the Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tip-off is at 6 p.m., and you can watch the game on MSG.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: A spot in the Northeast Conference championship game. LIU Brooklyn, the regular season champions for the second straight season, are aiming to go to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. Last March the Blackbirds were a No. 15 seed and lost to North Carolina. Quinnipiac has never been to the Big Dance.
The two teams met twice during the regular season, with LIU Brooklyn winning both times -- 79-75 at Quinnipiac on Jan. 7, and 99-89 at home on Feb. 18.
THE BLACKBIRDS: LIU Brooklyn, under coach Jim Ferry, has three players who average in double figures, led by 6-foot-7 junior Julian Boyd (17.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg) and fellow 6-7 junior Jamal Olasewere (17.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg).
The Blackbirds are third in the country in scoring (81.7 ppg), 25th in field goal percentage (47.5 percent), and 34th in assists (15.1 per game), but 329th in scoring defense (77.5 ppg). They've won nine of their past 10 games.
THE BOBCATS: Quinnipiac, under coach Tom Moore, has two players who average in double figures -- 6-foot senior guard James Johnson (16.6 ppg) and 6-foot-7 sophomore forward Ike Azotam (15.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg).
The Bobcats are second in the country in both rebounds per game (43.6) and rebound margin (plus-10.8 per game), 59th in field goal percentage defense (40.7), but 303rd in free throw shooting (64 percent) and 321st in 3-point field goals per game (4.3). They've won three in a row, and seven of their past nine.