MAINE vs. BROWN
Time, site: Saturday, 2 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 2-3, Brown 3-3
Series, last meeting: Brown leads 6-5, Brown 75-62 on 11/22/09
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (12.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, .500 FG pct.), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (11.4 ppg, 3.8 apg, .538 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (10.0 ppg, .500 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (11.3 ppg, 2.5 apg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (7.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 bpg, .652 FG pct.), 6-7 F Sean McNally (6.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg); Brown — 6-5 F Peter Sullivan (14.8 ppg, 6 rpg, 2.1 apg), 6-8 F Tucker Halpern (11 ppg), 6-4 G Garrett Leffelman (8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg), 6-1 G Sean McGonagill (8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.8 apg), 6-1 G Adrian Williams (7.2 ppg)
Outlook: The Black Bears hope to get a win after losing two straight and three of their last four. UMaine is focusing on defense and rebounding against the Bears of the Ivy League. Brown has lost two in a row, including Thursday's 58-46 decision at America East member Hartford. McLemore is expected to play after missing Monday's Quinnipiac game with an illness. Despite its schedule, UMaine came into the week ranked No. 25 in the country in shooting percentage (.491) but has struggled (.417) defending the 3-point shot. The Bears must keep Brown, which has four underclassmen among its top six players, off the foul line (.763). The Brown staff includes former Vermont sharpshooter T.J. Sorrentine.
MAINE vs. HOLY CROSS
Time, site: Saturday, 1 p.m.,Hart Recreation Center, Worcester, Mass.
Records: Maine 1-5, Holy Cross 3-4
Series, last meeting: Holy Cross leads 9-3, Holy Cross 61-59 on 11/27/09
Key players: Maine — 5-11 G Amber Smith (12.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 spg), 6-1 F Samantha Wheeler (12.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-9 G Katelyn Vanderhoff (6.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.2 apg), 5-7 G Brittany Williams (3.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg), 5-11 G/F Tanna Ross (7.0 ppg), 6-2 F Corinne Wellington (5.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Holy Cross — 6-0 F Whitney Fremeau (11.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), 5-8 G Alex Smith (10.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.4 apg), 6-0 F/G Amy Lepley (10.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.0 spg), 5-8 G Meredith Ward (8.0 ppg, 2.1 apg), 6-0 F Alyssa May (4.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears face the task of trying to put the worst loss in program history (126-63 at Kansas) out of their minds and move forward. UMaine plays the Crusaders in the second of six consecutive road contests. The Bears hope to welcome back catalyst Wheeler, who missed the Kansas game with an injury. Holy Cross has won two of its last three, including a 72-53 win over Harvard, but is coming off Wednesday's 68-65 overtime loss to Central Connecticut. Both CentConn and Harvard beat UMaine this season. The Crusaders have been a solid rebounding team and are adept at getting to the foul line. The Bears must limit turnovers and play good transition defense. UMaine freshman Ali Nalivaika hails from Worcester. Former UMaine head coach Ann McInerney is an assistant coach for the Crusaders.