LIU-Brooklyn's Jason Brickman leads the nation in assists per game. - USA TODAY Sports
Hoosiers will face winner of tonight's play-in affair
Most teams find out their first-round foe (or whatever round it is) during Selection Sunday. No. 1-seeded Indiana was one of the few exceptions.
The Hoosiers have to wait until tonight to see who they'll play in the opening game. Indiana awaits the winner of tonight's play-in game between No. 16 seeds James Madison and Long Island-Brooklyn, which airs on truTV at 6:30 p.m.
LIU-Brooklyn (20-13) got to the Big Dance by winning its third consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament title. In their previous two trips to the NCAA Tourney, the Blackbirds lost to North Carolina (102-87 in 2011) as a No. 15 seed and Michigan State (89-67 in 2012) as a No. 16 seed.
James Madison (20-14), winners of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, has gone 19 years between tourney appearances. The Dukes finished fourth in the CAA in the regular season but knocked off Northeastern, the league favorite, in the title game.
The two teams couldn't play more contrasting styles.
LIU is the No. 5 scoring team in the country (79.5 ppg) and No. 2 in free throws attempts per game (26.0), which could make for a fairly entertaining tilt with Indiana. The Blackbirds, however, are ranked 319th out of 347 teams in Pomeroy's adjusted defensive efficiency. James Madison is 234th in the nation in scoring (65.2 ppg) but 132nd in adjusted defense.
LIU-Brooklyn is spearheaded by point guard Jason Brickman, who leads the nation is assists with 8.5 per game. Jamal Olasewere was Northeast Player of the Year, leading the Blackbirds in scoring (18.9) and rebounding (8.5). C.J. Garner adds 16.1 points per night.
James Madison will be without leading scorer and rebounder Rayshawn Goins for the first half. Goins, who averages 12.7 points and 7.4 boards, was arrested over the weekend on charges of disorderly conduct and suspended for a half. A.J. Davis (12.1), Devon Moore (11.6) and Andrey Semenov (10.0) also average in double figures for the Dukes.
Neither squad has played much against big-time competition this season. LIU lost to Maryland (91-74) and Kentucky (104-75). James Madison fell 100-70 at UCLA in its season opener.