The Binghamton Bearcats have bit a conundrum on their hands. The Bearcats have won nine non-conference games for the second straight season, which is a program high in their 17 years in Division I basketball.
Yet somehow, the Bearcats are 0-2 in the America East and are in the middle of a 11 game conference losing streak dating back to last year.
The America East has not been kind to Binghamton. The Bearcats have a 104-157 all time conference record and are a disaster on the road (41-89).
The last time the Bearcats won the America East championship is 2009 but since then they haven’t finished higher than fifth in the conference standings. Binghamton was picked to finish sixth in the conference in the preseason coaches poll.
Something was telling about Binghamton’s seven game winning streak early in the season. It was longest for the program since 2008-09, the Bearcats’ last trip to the NCAA Tournament when they rode a 11 game streak towards the big dance. The last time a streak like this occurred in the non-conference slate was in the 1992-93 season when BU was a Division III program.
So can the Bearcats rekindle that magic and break their current losing streak? It all comes down to one number and one statistical category. The Bearcats are 8-2 when scoring 70 points or more and 9-2 when they hold their opponents to less than 70. But when opponents score 70 points, they beat Binghamton seven out of seven times.
The Bearcats are also a perfect 8-0 when they out-rebound the other team but when they come up short, they’re 1-8. That would be concerning for the Bearcats when they average 33.1 rebounds per game. They have no chance when they rebound below their average like most recently against New Hampshire, who won the rebound battle 46-26.
At some point the real Binghamton will stand up but it will likely depend on rebounding and the number 70.
A graduate of the University of Arizona (2008-2013), Tony Capobianco covered sports from preps to pros since 2011 from the Tucson Citizen to Miami Herald to most recently with the Enid News & Eagle. The "Cuban Cowboy" took a first pitch to the nuts and lived to laugh at the viral video. Follow him @TonyCapobianco