MAINE vs. NOTRE DAME
Time, site: Monday, 7:30 p.m.; Purcell Pavilion, Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Ind.
Team records: Maine 2-1, Notre Dame 3-0
Series, last meeting: Notre Dame leads 1-0, UND 79-55 on 1/27/82
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (13.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, .552 FG pct., .533 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Troy Barnies (13.0 ppg, 7.3 ppg, .560 FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (9.7 ppg), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (9.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg), 6-7 F Sean McNally (13.0 ppg, 3.0 apg), 6-6 F Malachi Peay (7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg); Notre Dame — 6-3 Ben Hansbrough (20.0 ppg, 4.7 apg), 6-8 F Tim Abromitis (14.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg), 6-8 F Tyrone Nash (11.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), 6-2 G Eric Atkins (10.3 ppg, 4.0 apg), 6-8 F Carelton Scott (9.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears head back on the road for a contest against the Fighting Irish of The Big East. UMaine is coming off Friday’s 95-44 victory over NAIA UMaine-Machias, while Notre Dame blasted Chicago State 102-62 on Wednesday. The emphasis for the Bears will be on defense and rebounding. UMaine must be able to handle whatever ball pressure Notre Dame may apply and avoid turning the ball over, which was an issue in the loss at Maryland. The Bears renew some ties with Notre Dame, coached by former Delaware coach Mike Brey. UMaine assistant coach Chris Markwood started his career in South Bend, while Irish sophomore Tom Knight of Dixfield (2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg) is the nephew of Bears assistant Ed Kohtala. Notre Dame is 11-0 all-time against America East teams. Hansborough is the younger brother of former North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough.