Forget March Madness. It’s just another reason for Navy basketball fans to be mad, period.
The Binghamton Bearcats, the only winless team in NCAA Division I basketball entering Tuesday’s action, snapped a 27-game losing streak last night with a 57-53 win over Vermont.
How does a late-season American East Conference upset affect the Midshipmen? Well, the Bearcats’ losing ways were providing the last bit of cover for Navy’s struggling squad: With Binghamton on a one-game tear, the Mids (3-23) now own the nation’s longest losing streak, which sits at 19 games entering tonight’s 7 p.m. home game against Patriot League rival Lehigh.
After Lehigh (21-7), Navy will travel to Bucknell (20-8) on Saturday to end the regular season. Then comes the Patriot League tournament, which probably means another trip to Bucknell. The Mids will be heavy underdogs in all three games; barring an upset, Navy would enter a long, long offseason on a 22-game skid — not quite this bad, but not exactly a feel-good academy hoops story.
However … if you’re going to pull an upset, there’s no better night than Senior Night. For the ever-faithful planning to attend tonight’s contest, the Mids have a series of fan appreciation events and ticket discounts available. Check here for the details.