Release: June 23, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's basketball finalized its 2010-11 non-conference schedule and the Bearcats will play 13 teams from seven different conferences. The five home dates include showcase games against in-state opponents St. Bonaventure (Nov. 21) and Cornell (Dec. 18).
The team plays four of its first five games on the road before playing four of its next five at home. Binghamton went 9-3 at the Events Center last year.
Interim head coach Mark Macon's squad will open its season at Colgate on November 13. Four days later, BU will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on a Bucknell squad that won 14 games and finished second in the Patriot League a year ago. Binghamton welcomes the Bonnies for its home opener on November 21. St. Bonaventure, which has a strong local alumni base, won 15 games and reached the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals last winter.
After an away game at Army (Nov. 23), BU plays at Colonial Athletic Association member Drexel for the first time (Nov. 28). The Dragons won 16 games a year ago and were 11-7 in the CAA. Back home, BU will face another first-time opponent in Canisius (Nov. 30). The Golden Griffs won 15 games a year ago and boast a 7-foot-3 center.
The December slate is very challenging, with the six opponents averaging more than 20 wins from a year ago. The month begins with a Dec. 8 home game against a CAA member Hofstra team that went 19-15 and played in the College Basketball Invitational last season. Binghamton then makes a trip to NYC to face Manhattan on December 11 in front of what promises to be a large BU alumni contingent.
Back home, the Bearcats host a Cornell team that went 29-5, advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and earned a final ranking of No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll last year. The Big Red is BU's closest Division I opponent (49 miles away), though the teams have played just five times in Binghamton's 64-year basketball history. The Bearcats beat Cornell in 2006 and lost in 2007.
Binghamton stays home for a Dec. 21 game against first-time opponent St. Peter's, which went 16-14 and placed fourth in the MAAC in 2009-10.
Then the Bearcats close out the month with a daunting trip to West Virginia (Huntington) and across the border to Kentucky (Morehead), where they will face Marshall (Dec. 28) and Morehead State (Dec. 30). Marshall went 24-10 playing out of Conference USA and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com tournament in 2009-10. The Herd beat BU at the Events Center last season and like Canisius, boast a premier seven-foot shot blocker. Morehead State went 24-11 and was the runner-up in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Eagles, 2009 NCAA participants, went 15-3 in league play and then reached the quarterfinals of the CBI last year.
A return game at Atlantic 10 member La Salle on January 2 completes the non-conference schedule.
16-game America East portion of BU's 2010-11 schedule will be
released by the conference in late September. It will consist
of home-and-home dates with each of the other eight league members
beginning in early January and concluding at the end of February.
Hartford will again host the America East Championship on March
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