Binghamton Preview

The Tar Heels host Binghamton, an Atlantic East Conference program in its first year of Division I hoops, this afternoon at the Smith Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will televised by Raycom/JP.

Binghamton (3-5) at North Carolina (1-4)
1:00 p.m.
TV: Raycom/JP
Radio: (Listen live)
UNC's Starting Lineup: Scott, Manuel, Johnson, Capel and Lang.

Gameday Links:
Raleigh N&O - Heels' Mr. Inconsistent
Chapel Hill News - Tar Heels return to action today
Durham H-S - Fingleton likely headed to Holy Cross
W-S Journal - Duke, UNC expected to end exams with victories
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - Hurtin' Heels up next for BU men

Matt Doherty Q&A on Binghamton
(transcribed by J.B. Cissell)

Have you done any scouting reports on Binghamton?

"Al's relationship with Coach Williams and North Carolina, he does some things that have been done here. He runs the secondary break, he likes to set a lot of ball screens, they play hard, and defensively they play a lot of man-to-man, but they play a lot of point-zone. We'll probably see more of that, maybe than they've done in the past, and they'll trap some. They'll trap the ball some out of a 2-3 zone--also, as you dribble across half-court a lot like we've done.

You've been struggling lately. Is this the perfect time for this team for you guys, since it's Binghamton's first year as a Div. I program?

"We don't want to look over any opponent. We've played some teams that have mid-major type names and lost so we can't overlook anybody. We want to play. We need to play a basketball game. It's been a long week after the Kentucky loss and through exams, so we would like to play a basketball game and are anxious to get on the floor and play. I don't care if it's Binghampton or UCLA. I know Al's team will play hard, and hopefully we will play hard as well. We'd certainly love to get a win.

What was the inital reaction to this game? Do Carolina fans even know where Binghamton is?

"I'm from New York, and King Rice is from Binghamton, so a lot of people in Carolina country know where Binghampton is. I realize that they are just starting their Division I program. Again, we've known Al for a lot of years, so we have a relationship there with the coaching staff."

When Coach Walker went to Chapel Hill, did you have any special interaction with him?

"I knew Al just from being around Carmichael and his working with Coach Williams. I got to know Al better through the years. We'd get together at Final Four's. When we played in the Maui Classic, when I was at Kansas, Al was coaching at Chaminade, so our families got to send some time together."

Previewing Binghamton

The Bearcats enter Sunday's game with a 3-5 record in their first season as a Division I program. They've posted wins over Dartmouth, Stonybrook and Army. The losses include a 47-point rout by Syracuse, as well as defeats at the hands of George Washington, Oral Roberts, Austin Peay and Elon. (2001-2002 Schedule/Results w/Stats)

Head coach Al Walker's Bearcats play a rotation of up to 10 players. The team's four returning starters were infused by nine newcomers -- five freshmen (featuring starting forward Andrew Hannen and 7-0 reserve center Nick Billings), two JuCo transfers (led by Charles Baker), and two transfers from UConn (Brett Watson and Stanley Ocitti).

Starting Lineup:
Brett Watson (6-0, So., G) 6.6 pts, 2.4 ast
Charles Baker (6-1, Jr., G) 7.1 pts, 2.4 reb
Andrew Hannan (6-6, Fr., F) 5.6 pts, 1.9 reb
Jeffrey St. Fort (6-6, Jr., F) 10.6 pts, 5.0 reb
Joost Ooms (6-8, Sr., C) 2.0 pts, 3.2 reb

Key Reserves:
Jeffrey Daws (6-4, Sr., F) 6.1 pts, 10-35 3pt
Stanley Ocitti (6-8, Jr., F) 5.8 pts, 4.8 reb
Nick Billings (7-0, F, C) 5.5 pts, 4.3 reb, 2.1 blk
Mike Wright (5-10, Sr, G) 4.9, 43% 3pt

Team Roster
Season Stats

Location: Vestal, N.Y.
Enrollment: 12,411
Conference: America East
Nickname: Bearcats
Colors: Dark Green, Black and White
Head Coach: Al Walker
Record at BU: 17-19
Career Record: 159-190

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