MAINE vs. VERMONT
Time, site: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Alfond Arena, Orono
Records: Maine 14-11 (8-5 America East), Vermont 21-5 (12-2)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 69-52, Maine 72-58 on 1/18/11
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (14.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, .533 FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (14.0 ppg, .393 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (9.3 ppg), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (9.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (7.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg), 6-7 F Sean McNally (4.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg); Vermont — 6-8 F Evan Fjeld (15.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .552 FG pct.), 5-8 G Joey Accaoui (11.9 ppg, .824 FT pct.), 6-4 G Brendan Bald (11.2 ppg, .414 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-8 F Matt Glass (8.4 ppg), 6-6 F Brian Voelkel (7.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.7 spg)
Outlook: The Black Bears will try to snap their four-game losing streak against the league-leading Catamounts. UMaine is coming off Saturday’s 71-69 overtime loss at Stony Brook. Vermont has won nine in a row since the last meeting with the Bears. The Catamounts feature good offensive balance and a stout defense that is tough defending the 3-point shot. UMaine has been exploited by opponents’ 3-point shooters of late and UVM has good threats in Bald and Accaoui. The Cats are 9-3 on the road this season. Keys for the Bears include rebounding aggressively to initiate their transition attack, pounding the ball inside to get to the foul line and maintaining a defensive balance between containing Fjeld and contesting 3-point shots.