Bearcats ready to 'shock' the America East

By Travis Eldridge

March 6, 2014 Updated Mar 6, 2014 at 12:48 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Three wins is all that stands between the Binghamton University men's basketball team and an America East tournament title. It's easier said than done, but despite a number six seed the Bearcats say they want to shock the conference.

BU opens with the third seed Hartford Hawks on Saturday night in Albany.

In the two games between Binghamton and Hartford this season, one was decided on a tip-in and the other decided in overtime. Both of those going the way of the Hawks.

Leading up to Saturday's game, coach Tommy Dempsey didn't use the saying "it's hard to beat the same team three times in a season." However, he did admit the Bearcats are confident.

Playing two close games against the Hawks, along with winning three of the team's final six games has BU looking for more than just a one-and-done America East tournament.

"Nobody has a record when you get to Albany this weekend, so I think what everyone has to do is figure out where they are right now," said Dempsey. "I think that means more than where you were in November and December. Where we are right now is one of the more competitive teams in the league and I think that gives us confidence."

"Within our little team, we know and believe that we're better than a lot of people think," said sophomore Jordan Reed, who leads the Bearcats in scoring. "I just can't wait to go up there and execute."

One thing that could help Binghamton's cause is getting guard Marlon Beck back.

Beck missed Sunday's game with a knee injury, but coach Dempsey expects to get him back in full practice this week and hopes to have him available for Saturday's game.