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Binghamton drops out of AE tourney

March 1, 2010

It’s official: The Binghamton University men’s basketball team will not play in the America East Conference tournament, the school announced tonight.

“With the controversy currently surrounding the program it is not appropriate we play in this year’s post-season,” Binhamton president Lois DeFleur said in a news release.

That means second-seeded Vermont will play eighth-place Maryland-Baltimore County — not New Hampshire — in the quarterfinal round Saturday night at 6 p.m. If the Catamounts advance, they will meet the winner of the quarterfinal between No. 3 Maine and No. 6 New Hampshire. Good draw for the Cats.

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The UVM women will take on No. 7 Albany in the first quarterfinal Friday, scheduled to tip off at noon. The Catamounts will likely meet No. 3 Boston University in the semifinals, a rematch of last year’s America East championship game.

Here’s the complete schedule for both tournaments, which will both take place at University of Hartford’s Chase Arena.

Cats might play UMBC instead of UNH

March 1, 2010

It is assumed the University of Vermont men’s basketball team, as the No. 2 seed, will play No. 7 New Hampshire in the quarterfinal round of the America East Conference tournament.

Not so fast.

There’s a chance the Catamounts’ quarterfinal opponent will be Maryland-Baltimore County, the eighth-place team in the nine-team league. UVM coach Mike Lonergan said before practice today that he was told the tournament bracket is not yet official.

Pete Thamel of the New York Times reported on his Twitter page this afternoon, “the America East and Binghamton are deciding if Bearcats should play in conference tournament.”

If fifth-place Binghamton doesn’t participate, there’s a possibility the tournament’s play-in game would be eliminated and seeds re-organized.

With that scenario, top-seeded Stony Brook would play last-place Albany in the the quarterfinals.

“I don’t think it’s a good situation because we are trying to prepare for whoever we play on  Saturday and we have practice (today),” Lonergan said. “We are just going to work on shooting and work on our offense and different things. Because you don’t want to waste time preparing for UNH and then all of sudden you are playing UMBC. Hopefully that decision will be made in the next couple hours and we can move on and speed up our game preparation.”

The America East has yet to announce the official match-ups of the men’s or women’s basketball tournament on  its Web site.

Binghamton cleans house; dismisses 5 more players

September 26, 2009

Well, here’s one way of dealing with the problems at Binghamton, although it all but obliterates the Bearcats’ hopes of defending their America East Conference crown. This from the Associated Press:

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Binghamton released five more basketball players on Friday, a day after star player Emanuel “Tiki” Mayben was arraigned on cocaine distribution charges and kicked off the team.

Coach Kevin Broadus announced that D.J. Rivera, Malik Alvin, Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby and David Fine were released. Spokesman John Hartrick said in an e-mail no players, staff, or administrators would be made available for further comment.

Hartrick did not return calls seeking comment.

He told the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton that the five were released because “they are not toeing the line. Their attitude and behavior … is not what we expect from our student-athletes.”

In a statement announcing the releases, Broadus said, “If any of the young men in our program don’t respect the decisions that have been made or the rules we have in place, then they need to move on with their lives.”

On Thursday, Mayben was arraigned in Troy on felony drug charges and athletic director Joel Thirer later said Mayben had been permanently dismissed from the basketball program. A sealed indictment charged Mayben with selling cocaine twice on June 29 and police said they found 3.4 grams of cocaine on him when he was arrested.

Broadus signed a contract extension in June through the 2013-2014 season, on the heels of a season that featured the team’s first-ever conference championship and NCAA tournament berth.

The Bearcats went 23-9 last season and won both the America East regular season and tournament titles. They were 13-3 in league play and won a school-record 11 straight games before losing to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Rivera was second in the America East in scoring last season but was left off the All-America East team in the voting by the league coaches.
Mayben’s arrest is the third legal problem for a player since Broadus took over the program in 2007.

Former player Miladin Kovacevic, who wasn’t recruited by Broadus, left a classmate in a coma after a barroom brawl in May 2008. In November, Alvin, a transfer student brought in by Broadus, was charged with stealing condoms from a Wal-Mart.

Binghamton is part of the State University of New York system, which is led by chancellor Nancy Zimpher, who is known to take a hard line on problems within athletic programs. She was the president of the University of Cincinnati when men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins was pressured to resign in 2005 after the program had a history of low graduation rates, suspensions and arrests of Huggins’ players over the years. Huggins also had a drunk driving conviction in 2004.

Binghamton coach, AD on thin ice

September 25, 2009

There’s been a loud buzz about Binghamton University basketball player Tiki Mayben. Make that former player. Arrested and facing felony drug charges, the senior guard was booted from the team.

Outraged with the repeated off-court issues surrounding the basketball program, Binghamton president Lois B. DeFleur offered a stern warning to head coach Kevin Broadus and athletic director Joel Thirer on Thursday.

“I am reiterating to our athletic director Joel Thirer and coach Kevin Broadus that we will not tolerate this behavior in our student-athletes,” she said in a statement to the press. “This behavior does not reflect the quality of our program and the hundreds of student athletes at Binghamton University.

“We appreciate that Coach Broadus has given second chances to athletes, but our program can not take these risks and I have made this clear to both Thirer and Broadus.”

Here’s the coverage in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. The Albany Times Union chronicles the demise of a Troy, N.Y., kid who went from top prospect to drug suspect.