Yesterday, we gave you a look at the Binghamton University women’s basketball team as they were getting set to open up America East play.
Tonight, we preview the BU men’s team as they are ready to enter the conference portion of their schedule.
The Bearcats have had their share of difficult opponents this season, but their confidence in themselves and in one another has never wavered.
Sports Director Cam Lavallee has more.
“You know, they have the little analogy, the windshield is always bigger than the rearview mirror. So, that’s kind of what we’re focusing on right now,” said Senior Guard J.C. Show.
The Binghamton University men’s basketball team is putting 2018 in the rearview mirror, and they aren’t looking back.
After just a 2-14 showing in the America East portion of last season, and a sub-500 mark heading into conference play this time around, the Bearcats are more than ready to leave last year in the past.
For freshman Sam Sessoms, this will be his first experience with the conference.
But, he believes that the team is already battle-tested, and is ready to roll in the America East.
“I think coach Dempsey did a great job putting a schedule together to help prepare us. No team that we face in our league is going to be bigger than Notre Dame, Northwestern, and Michigan. I think, from the Northwestern game, I think we did bad. At Notre Dame we did better. So, I think we’re going to continue to get better. When conference games get here, we’re going to be ready, because we’ve been playing teams that are beyond that. So, we feel strong. We just know that when the conference play starts, we’re zero and zero. Nothing else matters. So, we’ll be fine,” Sessoms says.
One player who dealt with the disappointment of last year’s conference play was senior J.C. Show.
Show will have one more opportunity to help BU earn it’s second conference title.
Despite last year, Show says there’s a pretty easy solution this time around.
“We’ve just got to turn the page. Turn the page from day-to-day, from game-to-game, from season-to-season. The most important thing in life is the next thing. In basketball, the most important play is the next play. So, we have to just put our best foot forward, learn from the experiences in the past, both good and bad,” said Show.
BU head coach Tommy Dempsey believes there isn’t a cause for concern as far as the team replicating last year’s performance since it’s almost an entirely new starting five.
“I don’t really think that carries over into the next season, how you did in America East play the previous season. I think it’s more about your here and now. We’ve continued to try not to get so focused on those two little numbers in parenthesis, and really try to get focused on where are we? And right now, we think we’re heading in the right direction,” Dempsey said.
It certainly seems like the Bearcats have their heads forward and their eyes on the prize.
All that’s left to do now is go out and walk the walk.
BU will begin their America East schedule on Saturday at home against New Hampshire.