Basketball Scouting Report: Binghamton

The Navy men's basketball team hasn't yet won a Division I game this season, but it should be encouraged by what happened on Thursday night. Towson, the team that drummed Navy by 27 points a week ago, knocked off Temple. Perhaps emboldened by the knowledge that Towson wasn't a bad loss, the Midshipmen can go forward.


BINGHAMTON AT-A-GLANCE

The Bearcats opened the year with two losses but bounced back on Wednesday night with a win over Cornell to move to 1-2 on the season.

The Bearcats are very young to open the season, and now may be the time for a team like Navy to catch them before that talent gains some valuable experience and begins to gel on the court.

Starting Lineup

Guard – Jordan Reed –
Sophomore, 6-4, 205; 2013-14: 18.7 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, 1 assists per game

Reed has been a stat sheet filler in the team's first three games, averaging a double-double while serving as one of the team's most experienced players. Navy will have to devote plenty of attention to him.

Forward –Nick Madray– Freshman, 6-9, 215; 2013-14: 18 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Madray has been the main frontcourt presence for the Bearcats, logging about 29 minutes per game. His 18 points-per-game average is second on the team. His lack of rebounds is concerning for head coach Tommy Dempsey, who is trying to lead the program back to prominence after the scandal that marred the program in the fall of 2009.

Forward – Magnus Richards – Freshman, 6-7, 210; 2013-14: 2 ppg, 1 rpg

Richards is a starter but doesn't play a whole lot, averaging only 14 minutes per game. His biggest impact thus far has come on the defensive end of the floor.

Guard – Yosef Yacob – Freshman, 6-0, 170; 2013-14: 10 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4 apg

Yosef leads the team with four assists per game and is a contributor in a variety of ways. His balance across the stat sheet makes him one of the most diverse and multi-talented contributing players on the Bearcats' roster.

Guard – Robert Mansell – Junior, 6-4, 200; 2013-14: 3.3 ppg, 2 rpg,

Mansell has been a very unimposing starter early in the year, shooting a very low percentage from the floor while not making a major impact anywhere else on the court. Look no further than Mansell for the starting five's weakest link.

Keys to the Game

1) Go to work on Madray.
The Bearcats rely almost entirely on Madray to contribute up front. If Madray gets in foul trouble, the Bearcats don't have many places to turn.

2) Dictate the tempo. Navy and Binghamton have been playing two different types of basketball games this season. While Navy has been playing lower scoring games (or one-sided in some cases), Binghamton has been playing higher scoring games. The team that dictates tempo should have a natural advantage. br/>

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