MAINE vs. COLUMBIA
Time, site: Thursday, 7 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 6-5, Columbia 6-4
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 2-1, Maine 65-59 on 12/30/09
Key players: Maine — 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (12.0 ppg, .552 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (10.6 ppg, 1.0 spg, .456 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (10.4 ppg), 6-7 F Troy Barnies (10.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 spg), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (8.9 ppg, 3.6 apg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, .646 FG pct.); Columbia — 6-3 G Noruwa Agho (16.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.2 spg), 6-2 G Steve Frankoski (11.1 ppg, .439 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-1 G Brian Barbour (10.0 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg, .911 FT pct.), 6-6 F Asenso Ampim (8.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 6-7 F Brian Grimes (6.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
Outlook: The Black Bears look to extend their winning streak to five as they close out their nonconference schedule against the Lions. UMaine is coming off an eight-game holiday hiatus on the heels of their Dec. 21 victory over Penn State of the Big Ten Conference. Columbia hasn’t played for 19 days, that being a 76-72 win over Bryant on Dec. 11. The Lions of the Ivy League have won three in a row and five of their last six. They are 5-0 at home, but 1-4 on the road. UMaine continues to build around strong defense, solid rebounding and balanced offense, including the 3-point shooting exploits of Mitchell. While the teams match up well size-wise, the Bears must keep Columbia off the offensive glass and limit their trips to the foul line.