Sunday, February 17, 2008

UMaine at Binghamton

Good news? Black Bears are on the road again. Bad news? Black Bears taking on a Binghamton club that is still stinging from a recent four-game slide. The Bearcats hit the skids immediately after their win in Orono elevated them to 6-2 in the league and into first place ... ever so briefly.

Binghamton (11-14, 7-6 America East) got back into the win column Thursday with a 56-54 verdict over UNH and with a favorable closing schedule (UMaine, Albany, at Stony Brook), could rise back up the standings by tournament time. The Bearcats will host the America East Tournament (March 7-9) at the Events Center for the third time in four years and figure to be highly motivated to earn as high a seed as possible. Binghamton leads AE in attendance.

For the Black Bears (7-17, 3-8 AE) it's all about avoiding the play-in game on March 7. A win at Bingo would be a huge step toward passing UNH in the standings. In addition to its inconsistent play, UMaine will have to overcome some injuries as guard Junior Bernal and frontcourters Brian Andre and Jordan Cook sat out Thursday's loss to Albany.

Little known fact
Thursday's loss likely has assured the Black Bears program a fourth straight losing season for the first time since 1988-91. For UMaine to finish .500 or better, they'll have to win 11 in a row (five regular season, four AE tourney, 2 NCAA tourney).

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