Sunday, November 30, 2008

Stat of the Week


That would be Binghamton’s performance from beyond the arc in the Bearcats71-57 loss to Central Connecticut State. Kevin Broadus’ transfers have athleticism and raw skills the likes of which Binghamton has never seen, but the Bearcats are not a complete team. Even ignoring team chemistry and its importance to the offense, the Bearcats are arguably the worst three-point shooting team in America East. More generally, D.J. Rivera and Tiki Mayben have struggled to generate efficient offense, often trying to do all the work by themselves instead of distributing the load more evenly.

Wednesday’s 0-of-19 performance would have been bad enough by itself, but the Bearcats have played fast and loose with the basketball, wasting additional scoring chances. The Bearcats have enough talent to compete – and defeat – any opponent in America East, but if Binghamton eschews basketball fundamentals none of that talent will shine through. Saturday’s win against Utah Valley is a positive step; whether the Bearcats will improve further or revert to bad habits remains to be seen.

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