America East Quarterfinal-Stony Brook Seawolves vs. Binghamton Bearcats - 3/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Binghamton Bearcats (6-25) at Stony Brook Seawolves (21-10)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Stony Brook Sports Complex)
The Line: Stony Brook Seawolves -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Binghamton Bearcats shoot for a spot in the America East semifinals with the road upset of the Stony Brook Seawolves.
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If you have followed the Binghamton Bearcats over the years you know they don’t do a whole lot of winning and this season has been no different at 6-25 overall and 5-11 in the America East. The Bearcats struggles can be traced back to an offense that has had great difficulty putting the ball in the basket with the team getting outscored 67-58. The Bearcats have faced Notre Dame and Providence and a few other top 150 clubs but the results haven’t been good.
I know the defense hasn’t been a strength and needs to stiffen or this team will be one and done but I also believe the Bearcats have to approach 70 points to hang with Stony Brook so the question is where do the points come from. Willie Rodriguez is the obvious starting point as the only double digit scorer at 11.6 points at 43.7% shooting and is one of the few players hitting above 40%. With the majority of the team struggling to make shots I believe the Bearcats are crossing their fingers and hoping a few can get hot.
The Stony Brook Seawolves have established themselves as one of the elite programs in the America East. A 21-10 regular season and a 12-4 record is impressive with an almost workmanlike efficiency. The Seawolves have done their share of scoring but when all is said and done it’s been defense that has been the source of their success. SB outscores the opposition 66-59 and played well above these numbers in fashioning a six game winning streak to end the regular season.
The Seawolves can score from anywhere but the guy who draws the most attention is Jameel Warner who leads the team in scoring with over 16 points and in rebounding with 11.4 while connecting at a team best 53.5%.Carson Puriefoy adds 14 points and does a little of everything but his 37.6% accuracy is a definite drawback. RayShaun McGrew has double digit scoring potential at 8.5 points on 45% shooting and his 8.5 rebounds gives added muscle on the glass.
The Bearcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games. Binghamton are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Seawolves are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 while going 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. Stony Brook doesn’t blow teams out because of their style of play so if you dare…