The Binghamton Bearcats and the UMBC Retrievers meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena. Binghamton is currently 9-12 on the season. The Bearcats beat Bryant in their last game. As for UMBC, they’re 14-9 so far after a loss to Vermont on Saturday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Binghamton hit a 6-10 run over their first 16 games, beating Cazenovia, Marist, Columbia, SUNY Oneonta, New Hampshire and NJIT. The Bearcats are 3-2 in their last five with losses to Maine and Vermont.
In the Bryant game on Saturday, Binghamton posted a 49-36 stretch in the first half. The Bearcats outscored the Bulldogs 35-31 from there and won it 84-67. Dan Petcash was tops in scoring with 24 points and eight rebounds.
Over on the UMBC side, they lost to Tulane, Princeton, UNCG, Georgetown, Maryland and Vermont during their first 16 games. The Retrievers are 4-3 in their last seven with losses to UMass Lowell, NJIT and Vermont.
Matched up against Vermont on Saturday, the Retrievers went into the break down 34-23. UMBC made a run at it in the second with 45 points but still lost 74-68. Yaw Obeng-Mensah led the way on 18 points and 16 rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with UMBC. The Retrievers need to bounce back from a limp effort against a mediocre Vermont tea, though. UMBC has been scoring pretty well recently—which is good news. They’ve hit 68 or more points in seven of their last eight outings and should have some scoring opportunities in this one as well. As for Binghamton, they posted a nice win over Bryant in their last outing but they’ve been fairly erratic on the scoreboard over their last handful of games. I don’t think the Bearcats will keep a cover pace for the whole game here.