Team preview: Binghamton

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: October 17, 2005, 6:30 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Binghamton finished last season much stronger than it started and it doesn't take Bearcats coach Al Walker long to explain why.

"Once Mike Gordon was inserted in the lineup, we improved dramatically," Walker said. "He solidified the tempo and pace and brought some more intelligence onto the basketball court."

Gordon, a 6-0 point guard, isn't the first player most opponents think of when scouting the Bearcats, but he did help his team to an 8-6 record and berth in a conference tournament semifinal while starting the final 14 games of his freshman season. His numbers (3.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg) were not overwhelming, but he did make his team better.

"There are not too many things that he's not comfortable doing out there," Walker said. "He scored the ball when required and passed very, very well."

Gordon's arrival allowed Walker to move Andre Heard and Troy Hailey, who had been sharing the point-guard duties, off of the ball to do what they do best -- score.

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