This will be the fifth all-time meeting between Syracuse and Binghamton with the Orange winning the previous 4 meetings. The No. 4 Orange bring a 47-game non-conference home winning streak into the game. The Bearcats broke a six-game losing streak in their last outing when they defeated Mt. St. Mary’s 74-70. Four of the top six team members in minutes played are freshman and another is a sophomore.
Tommy Dempsey is in his second year as the Binghamton head coach. He is from Scranton, the hometown of Orange assistant Gerry McNamara. His top assistant is Lazarus Sims who was a starter for the Orange on the 1996 Final Four team.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Free Throws…really, they are free in the continental U.S. – The Orange were great in Maui with their foul shooting but as soon as they get back to The Dome, their free throw percentage took a nosedive . Against Indiana, Syracuse shot 60%.
2. Block This – Syracuse had seven first half blocks against an undersized Indiana teame, but none in the second half. Binghamton is also very undersized and the Orange need to protect their turf for 40 minutes instead of just a half.
3. Go Faster – The Orange only had seven fast break points against the Hoosiers, a season low. Syracuse wants the game to have fast tempo because athletically they are better on the break than their opponents.
“We just can’t go into the Dome scared against Syracuse. We’re going to play it like any other game, prepare for it like any other game.” -Marlon Beck, Binghamton guard