Game previews

Looking to upset: Bottom-seeded Binghamton to face No. 1 seed SBU in Saturday’s AE quarterfinal

Excerpt from Pipe Dream:

It’s called March Madness for a reason.

To paraphrase, that’s what Binghamton men’s basketball head coach Tommy Dempsey has told his team as it prepares to face top-seeded Stony Brook in the America East tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

“I told the players that over the next month they’re going to see a lot of crazy things happen in college basketball, a lot of upsets,” he said. “Teams are going to win games that they weren’t supposed to win, and our mindset has to be that we believe we can be one of them.”

Softball looks to take America East tourney one game at a time

Excerpt from Pipe Dream:

One game at a time.

That has been the mantra of the 2013 Binghamton softball team, and it won’t change as the Bearcats (29-15, 14-4 America East) host the America East Softball Championship this week.

The No. 2 seeded Bearcats know they’ll likely need to play No. 1 Albany at least twice in order to earn the conference’s NCAA tournament bid, but for now, they’re focused on Thursday’s opponent, No. 3 Hartford.

Volleyball to face Albany in rematch of 2012 AE title game

Excerpt from Pipe Dream:

When the Binghamton and Albany volleyball teams last met, the America East’s NCAA tournament bid was on the line. This time around, however, both teams are simply looking to take advantage of the fresh start afforded to them by conference play.

The Bearcats (2-11) lost their first eight games of 2013, setting the mark for the program’s worst-ever start, while the young Great Danes (0-12) have been swept in 11 of their 12 matches.

On the surface, neither team has displayed championship potential. But they each entered conference play in similar states last season before making their respective runs to the title match.

After backing into AE tourney, women’s soccer set to prove it belongs

Excerpt from Pipe Dream:

No team ever wants to back its way into the postseason.

That’s what the Binghamton women’s soccer team has done, however, as it prepares to take on third-seeded Maine in the America East quarterfinals Thursday afternoon in Orono.

First team all-conference midfielder Rebecca Raber, a sophomore, said the postseason offers a clean slate to the Bearcats (8-7-2, 3-4-1 America East), who secured the No. 6 seed despite dropping three of their last four regular season matches.

“We’re in,” she said. “Now it’s time for us to show we deserve to be in.”

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