MAINE vs. VERMONT
Time, site: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Patrick Gym, Burlington, Vt.
Records: Maine 10-7 (4-1 America East), Vermont 12-4 (3-1)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 68-52, Vermont 64-51 on 2/3/10
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (13.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 spg, .536 FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (11.8 ppg), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (10.5 ppg, .435 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (8.4 ppg, 1.0 spg), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (8.3 ppg, 4.1 apg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (6.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .560 FG pct.); Vermont — 6-8 F Evan Fjeld (16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg, .573 FG pct.), 5-8 G Joey Accaoui (12.7 ppg), 6-4 G Brendan Bald (10.1 ppg, .412 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-6 F Matt Glass (9.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 6-8 F Brian Voelkel (6.3 ppg, 4.9 apg, 1.8 spg)
Outlook: The Bears will try to maintain first place with a win over the Catamounts. UMaine has won three in a row and four of its last five and likely will encounter a large crowd like the one it saw Saturday at home. Vermont, coming off Saturday’s 85-48 victory over Maryland Baltimore County, has won five of six. The Catamounts, 8-0 at home this season, have won the last seven meetings between the two teams dating back to 2007. The Bears thrive when their defense is cohesive and players are confident, yet unselfish, on the offensive end. Vermont ranked 77th in Monday’s unofficial Rating Percentage Index, while UMaine was at 205. The contest features the league’s two top offensive teams. Expect the Bears to utilize their 2-3 zone against a UVM squad that has made only 24 percent of its 3-pointers in league play. The Catamounts have good depth in the frontcourt, where Fjeld is a legitimate player of the year candidate.