MAINE vs. QUINNIPIAC
Time, site: Monday, 7 p.m., TD Bank Sports Center, Hamden, Conn.
Records: Maine 2-2, Quinnipiac 3-1
Series, last meeting: Quinnipiac leads 2-1, Quinnipiac 59-46 on 11/24/09
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (13.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (11.3 ppg, 2.5 apg), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg), 6-7 F Sean McNally (8.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg), 6-0 G Raheem Singleton (9.8 ppg, 4.0 apg), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (9.9 ppg, .770 FT pct. last season); Quinnipiac — 6-0 G James Johnson (18.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.5 apg), 6-0 G Deontay Twyman (13.8 ppg, 3.5 apg), 6-7 F Justin Rutty (12.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg), 6-3 G Dominique Langston (8.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg), 6-6 F Ike Azotam (6.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears return to action for the first time since their 97-72 loss to Notre Dame a week ago. UMaine is expected to welcome back shooting guard Terrance Mitchell, who sat out the first four games after having surgery on a broken left index finger during preseason. Mitchell’s dribble-drive ability should complement the 3-point shooting of McLemore and the Bears’ inside game led by Barnies and McNally. The Bobcats, the defending Northeast Conference regular-season champion, begin a five-game homestand after already having faced America East members Hartford (a 68-64 win) and Vermont (a 79-75 loss). Quinnipiac beat Dartmouth 69-52 on Nov. 23. The Bears must emphasize rebounding against an opponent that is plus-9.6 in rebounding margin. Quinnipiac has three good 3-point threats, but has struggled (61 percent) from the foul line. UMaine was recently chosen by Sports Illustrated to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.