MAINE vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE
Time, site: Tuesday, 7 p.m., Lundholm Gymnasium, Durham, N.H.
Records: Maine 14-13 (8-6 America East), New Hampshire 11-16 (6-8)
Series, last meeting: Maine leads 112-56, Maine 64-50 on 1/25/11
Key players: Maine — 6-7 F Troy Barnies (14.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .523 FG pct.), 6-3 G Gerald McLemore (13.2 ppg, .383 3-pt. FG pct., .859 FT pct.), 6-3 G Terrance Mitchell (9.5 ppg, .376 3-pt. FG pct.), 6-1 G Raheem Singleton (9.0 ppg, 3.9 apg), 6-7 F Murphy Burnatowski (6.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg), 6-7 F Alasdair Fraser (5.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg); UNH — 6-2 G Tyrone Conley (15.3 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg), 6-4 G Chandler Rhoads (9.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-9 C Dane DiLiegro (8.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, .516 FG pct.), 6-9 F Brian Benson (5.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg), 6-0 G Jordon Bronner (3.8 ppg, 2.2 apg)
Outlook: Coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears have lost six in a row, but can wrap up third place with a victory against the Wildcats, a potential AE quarterfinal opponent. UMaine is coming off Saturday’s 71-60 loss at Siena in the ESPN Bracket Busters game, which featured some of the same defensive breakdowns and offensive droughts that have left the Bears searching for answers as the regular season winds down. New Hampshire lost 58-49 Saturday at Marist in its Bracket Busters game. The Wildcats had won three of their previous four. UMaine needs to lock down on defense, rebound hard and run when possible to take advantage of transition chances and get to the foul line. UNH features a good mix of big men and solid guards, so foul trouble with post players is another concern. However, the Wildcats are averaging only 58.1 ppg in AE games.