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Binghamton (0-25) at Radford (5-23)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18th, 4:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dedmon Center (5,000) -- Radford, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Binghamton 0-12, Radford 4-9. Away Record: Binghamton 0-13, Radford 1-12. Neutral Record: Binghamton 0-0, Radford 0-2. Conference Record: Binghamton 0-13, Radford 2-14. Series Record: Teams have never met.
GAMES NOTES: The only winless team remaining in Division I will try to yet again get into the win column when the Binghamton Bearcats do battle with the Radford Highlanders in a BracketBuster pairing at the Dedmon Center.
When Towson ended its Division I record 41-game losing steak on January 28th against UNC-Wilmington, Binghamton may have been the only team outside of the Seahawks that wasn't pleased for the Tigers. Towson's win meant that Binghamton became the team with the longest losing streak in Division I basketball and the streak has continued, stretching to 26 games, including all 25 games this season. Binghamton will try to get its first victory in America East conference play when it faces Vermont in its next matchup.
Radford started off the season well enough, although two of the games came against Division II opponents, with the Highlanders going 3-1 in their first four games. Since then, Radford has struggled to get into the win column and currently has lost seven of its last eight games dropping it to 5-23 overall, including a 2-14 record in the Big South Conference. The Highlanders continue their conference schedule with a matchup against Presbyterian on Thursday.
Binghamton held UMBC to 49.7 percent shooting on Wednesday but couldn't take advantage of the Retrievers' offensive inefficiencies by shooting 34.0 percent from the field itself. UMBC rattled off an 18-8 run midway through the second and the Bearcats never got closer than eight points as they found themselves on the losing end of another matchup.
Although not the worst offense in the country, Binghamton is pretty close as the Bearcats manage only 55.7 points per game while shooting 38.7 percent from the floor both of the marks put Binghamton in the bottom 15 teams in the nation in both categories. The Bearcats are also not losing by slim margins as they allow 720 points per game to its opponents. Sophomore guard Robert Mansell is the team's leading offensive weapon scoring 14.4 points per game this season including double-digit performances in six straight games and 13 of the last 14. Freshman forward Ben Dickinson (12.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg) is the team's second option as well as an effective rebounder, after pulling down 12 boards to go with eight points against UMBC.
Radford also took a defeat on Wednesday as the Highlanders dropped a 71-62 decision to High Point on the road. In the game High Point shot 44.9 percent from the floor while Radford went just 37.5 percent front the field. There was also a discrepancy from the free-throw line with the Panthers outscoring the Highlanders 20-12 from the charity stripe.
This will be a rare game for Radford where the Highlanders are the better offensive squad. Radford is scoring at a 61.4 point per game clip this season while shooting just slightly behind Binghamton with a 38.3 percent field goal percentage. The Highlanders also have the edge defensively as they surrender 69.2 points per game. Despite having the better team, scoring Radford does not have the individual scorers to match Binghamton. R.J. Price is the team's leader netting 11.1 points per game, while also leading the team in the passing game (3.7 apg). Javonte Green (10.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg) is the team's second option as well as the squad's leading rebounder, despite playing in the backcourt. The pair combined for 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the loss to High Point.
Binghamton will get a win eventually and although this game comes on the road, this is the Bearcats' best chance to do so this season. The combination of Mansell and Dickinson is a more dangerous duo than Price and Green and should prove the difference between two teams struggling this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Binghamton 65, Radford 63
02/18 10:41:29 ET
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