Sleeping With The Enemy: Bingo, Round II

The first opponent to step twice into the hot seat that is the PAGN Nation: our hated rival Bingo. Here’s a six pack of Stella for being a good sport, hopefully a nice buzz will make the game a little easier on the your eyes.

Well, well, that last matchup turned out ok for us. How personally do you think the Bearcats will take this game?

From Day 1 of this year many of the players have been quoted as saying things are “personal”, mostly due to them being removed from the 2009-2010 conference tournament. However, their record sits at 7-19 as the season winds down, so it doesn’t look like they took things to heart all that much. Seriously though, after ending the 9 game losing streak (on the road no less), I think they will be excited to try and make it two in a row with a win in front of the hometown fans.

Who’s your first team all-league? Does Jabbi receive any conference honors?

If any Bearcat receives consideration, it’s Jabbi. He’s averaging 12.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and nearly 2 blocks per game in AE play, numbers which should give him a chance at 1st Team All-AE. In my honest opinion, I don’t think he’s one of the top five best players in the league. He takes a fair amount of shots just to reach his 12 ppg average and his rebounding total is largely attributed to him being the only player wearing Green and White willing to hit the glass at all.

So you just destroyed Hartford in a similar fashion to what went down at SEFCU in our first matchup. What was different about that game?

Binghamton made shots. Plain and simple. They easily had their worst shooting performance of the year in that game against Albany (21% from the field, including 1/18 from 3-point range). On the flip side, they had their best shooting performance of the season last time out vs Hartford (55% including 10 of 16 from beyond the arc). Barring extremely hot or extremely cold nights from the field for either team, I think this one is close. I said that last time, but I don’t think the Bearcats shoot 5% from three this time around.

Have your thoughts on Greer Wright changed at all?

I’ll always believe that if he plays within the concept of a “team” that the Bearcats are better off, but it’s almost to the point where he is too shy about “getting his”. It’s kind of bizarre and unfortunate if you ask me. If I knew it would have turned out this way I would have driven him to Cincy or UConn for a visit myself.

Who has been playing well lately for the Bearcats?

Moussa has been hitting his threes the last handful of games (18 of 29 from beyond the arc the last 5 games). Jabbi has continued doing his thing — cleaning up the glass and just doing the dirty work in general. Kyrie is still playing pretty well when he is on the court and for some reason continues to have outstanding games against Hartford. However, I’m most excited for the continued success of Binghamton native Jimmy Gray. He is an incredible 10 of 12 from three point range the last three games. He’s also dished out 4+ assists in 5 of the last 6 games and has over a steal/game in AE play. I’d like to see how he stacks up nationally (in terms of statistics) against other walk-ons.

On a scale of one to ten, how pleased are you with the Macon extension? Did it come as a surprise?

Right smack dab in the middle with a 5. I think he is a great disciplinarian and motivator, but I’m not yet convinced he (and this staff) can recruit successfully enough at this level. The timing was definitely a surprise. It came out of nowhere and I’m puzzled as to why an interim president let an interim AD make the interim head coach the leading man of the most visible university sport for the next three years. A new president is expected to be hired by July (if I remember correctly) and while an AD won’t be first on his list of priorities, I don’t think it would take until the 2013-2014 season to get someone else in place who could pick a basketball coach of his own liking.

What will the crowd be like in Bingoland?

Coming off a 30 point win, the locals being as faithful as they are and Albany just a few hours up the road, I think one could expect a reasonably large crowd on hand. I’ll guess one of the larger crowds this year; in the low 4,000s.

Prediction?

A little reverse psychology. Albany by 15.

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~ by TheMidRangeGame on February 18, 2011.

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