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Hartford Hawks vs. Binghamton Bearcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/8/14 America East Quarterfinal

Binghamton Bearcats (7-22) at Hartford Hawks (16-15)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm (SEFCU Arena)

The Line: Hartford Hawks -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Hartford Hawks look to impress in their America East quarterfinal bout with Binghamton.

If you follow the America East you are well aware that basketball success and Binghamton are not often used in the same sentence. Having said that, the Bearcats have won more games then a year ago so there were a few positive signs. However, 62 points per contestisn't going to win games consistently especially when allowing over 72 and some of the few times the offense came up big the defense struggled. If Binghamton can catch Hartford on an off night and a guy like Jordan Reed 15.7 ppg, 9 rpg) goes off anything can happen.

Hartford Hawks vs. Binghamton Bearcats Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/8/14 America East Quarterfinal

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Hartford doesn't have the numbers that jump off the page and say look but their 10-6 conference mark and third place finish isn't too shabby. The Hawks really came on strong at the end of the regular season with wins in six of seven which they hope provides some momentum for the postseason. The Hawks do walk a fine line with their slow half court sets as they have to make a high percentage of their looks because despite the slow down tactics opponents are sinking shots at 45% which is obviously high. That makes leading score Mark Nwakamma (15 ppg, 6 rpg) so important because he does a little of everything and shoots 52.5%.

This is another game where both teams have been playing well within the current spread even though Hartford is clearly the better team. I'll back the points but the numbers are conflicting...

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Binghamton +8.5

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