LIU Brooklyn forward Julian Boyd (42) goes after a rebound during the second half in the 2012 NEC tournament at the Wellness Recreation and Athletic Center. LIU Brooklyn defeated Robert Morris 90-73 Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan State basketball: What is LIU-Brooklyn?


Everyone who follows Michigan State hoops probably was wondering the the Spartans’ second-round opponent was when the matchups were released Sunday.

After all, Long Island University-Brooklyn is not exactly a household name when it comes to hoops.

Here’s what you need to know about LIU:

  • It’s a private school with about 24,000 students.
  • Was started in 1926.
  • Has two campus, one in Brooklyn and one in Brookville, we know, kinda confusing. The campus in Brookville actually has a separate athletic program and are called the Pioneers and competes athletically in Division II.
  • The Blackbirds are members of the Northeast Conference (NEC)
  • The Schools most famous alumnus, as far as we can tell, is Jennifer Lopez’s sister, but that was a the other campus, so it’s not really the same. Confused? We are too.

The Blackbirds, however, can score, ranking third in the nation with 81.9 points per game. Julian Boyd leads the way with 17.4 points per game.

And if you’re wondering, this marks the fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Blackbirds, click here for their results.

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