By Tom Robinson
VESTAL, N.Y. — JB Hoops alums J.C. Show and Timmy Rose will be playing on national television tonight when the Binghamton University men’s basketball team travels to Evanston, Ill. to play Northwestern.
The game will be televised on ESPNews, beginning at 7 p.m. and will feature color commentary by Pardon The Interruption (PTI) co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.
Today’s PTI Show, which is on ESPN at 5:30 p.m., will be taped at Northwestern’s new Welsh-Ryan Arena in anticipation of the game. Kornheiser is a 1970 graduate or Binghamton and Wilbon is a 1980 graduate of Northwestern. Each remain active at their alma maters.
“I think everybody’s excited,” Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey said. “Tony and Mike are being gracious enough to not only host the show from there, but they’re going to call the game as well as the color guys.
“I think they’ll have fun with it, going back-and-forth with the Binghamton-Northwestern stuff. Our job is to show up and make that a competitive game.”
The game is the first of three significant challenges on the schedule for Binghamton (1-2) before the New Year. The Bearcats also travel to play Notre Dame Dec. 18 and play a second Big Ten opponent when they head to Michigan for a Dec. 30 noon game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Binghamton, which is in its 18th season on the NCAA Division I level, is 0-4 all-time against Big Ten opponents and is a 21-point underdog in the game.
Northwestern is 2-0 after beating American University, 63-51, behind 26 points by Vic Law. Senior center Dererk Pardon has double-doubles in both wins.
Show, a graduate student from Abington Heights, and Rose, a senior from Scranton Prep, were each prominent in Monday’s 107-64 romp over Division III Misericordia.
The Bearcats had struggled offensively while dropping their first two games to Cornell and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Show was 4-for-7 on 3-pointers as one of six double-figures scorers for the Bearcats while Rose led the team with nine assists.
After Misericordia remained within 54-41 at halftime, Show hit three 3-pointers in the first 5:21 of the second half.
“Even though he didn’t shoot the ball great in the first two games, the last thing I’m worried about is his ability to shoot the 3,” Dempsey said of Show, last season’s scoring leader. “You just stay with it and when shots come your way, you shoot them with confidence.”
Rose, who was slowed by injury in the preseason, came off the bench to play 24 minutes and also scored five points.
“I thought Timmy was really a catalyst for us tonight,” Dempsey said. “Once Timmy went in the game, I thought we got better shots. He did a good job distributing the ball.
“He gave us a big boost in the first half. We were able to get some separation. I just thought his overall minutes were very good.”
Show is second on the team with 11.7 points per game and is Binghamton’s leading 3-point shooter at 7-for-17 (41.2 percent).
Rose leads the team in assists with 4.0 per game and is averaging 3.7 points.